Waylon Jennings box set captures outlaw careerWritten by Michael Punsalan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Not many men have the history of Waylon Jennings, the country music legend who by chance did not board the plane in which Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson died in 1959. With an unmatched career spanning five decades, Jennings battled for artistic freedom against the 1960s Nashville recording industry, founded the outlaw country music movement with pal Willie Nelson, fought a dangerous addiction to cocaine and amphetamines, and won numerous Grammys, CMAs and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. No wonder Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Metallica’s James Hetfield all consider him a role model.
On Sept. 26, Waylon Jenning’s “Nashville Rebel” box set will be released. This four-disc, 92-track, career-spanning compilation includes the expected RCA and outlaw hits, and everything from an early Buddy Holly-produced single to the never-heard 1978 duet, “The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All” with old roommate Johnny Cash.
The first disc dives into Jennings’ origins, including many major recordings from the 1950s and 1960s. Holly’s Cajun tune “Jole Blon,” and “My Baby Walks All Over Me” are the only two singles on this disc that predate Waylon’s contract with RCA Records. The rest, mostly produced by legend Chet Atkins, include “Stop the World (And Let Me Off),” “Only Daddy That Will Walk the Line” and a duet with wife Jessi Colter, “I Ain’t the One.”
The next two discs pick up speed with the outlaw masterpieces that brought Jennings fame. “Ladies Love Outlaws,” “Lonesome, On’ry, And Mean” and “Honky Tonk Heroes” highlight the second disc, while the third claims “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Business Done Got Out of Hand?” The third also includes the moody ballads “Luchenbach, Texas” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” And of course, no Waylon collection is complete without the “Theme Song From the Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys).”
The last disc chronicles Waylon’s lesser known, but no less important songs from 1980-1995. Noteworthy are another duet with his wife, “Storms Never Last,” a duet with Hank Williams Jr., “The Conversation,” and several from his collaborative days with the Highwaymen (Nelson, Cash and Kris Kristofferson).
Packaged with an impressively designed book, including liner notes, rare photos, memorabilia showcases and a sentimental testimonial by Jessi Colter, the Jennings’ box set is perfect for your outlaw collection.