Toads, we are going OUTLAW COUNTRY. For me, it’s been an inordinately busy, strange time lately and this classic song has been running in the back of my brain, so I thought I’d share it and the music of the late great WAYLON JENNINGS for your inspiration today.
Jennings was a performing musician since the 1950’s, meeting his
mentor, Buddy Holly, in Lubbock, Texas and playing as a member of his
band, The Crickets. Waylon was scheduled to be on the plane ride that
ended Buddy Holly’s life in 1959, but famously gave up his seat to the
Big Bopper, who was suffering from a cold. After Buddy Holly’s death and
throughout the 1960’s, Waylon Jennings recorded country music, moving
to Nashville and developing his sound.
the 1970’s, Waylon’s real-country honky-tonk baritone epitomized the
American outlaw country movement, including his collaboration with Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, The Highwaymen. Songs like “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” “Rainy Day Woman,” "Good Hearted Woman," and my favorite, “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” not to mention his narration and the
theme song for the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, cemented Waylon Jennings’ standing as a real American country superstar.
Jennings also collaborated with his wife of more than thirty years, Jessi Colter,
many times over the years. Waylon passed in 2002, and Jessi says about
him today, “It’s too bad that when you do the right thing, you’re called
an outlaw.” Two albums dedicated to Waylon’s legacy, collaborations
amongst many musicians recording his music, are called The Music Inside.
As Jessi says, “Certain people can see what’s needed and do it.” Waylon
Jennings was one of those people.
Toads, gimme your best I’m-crazy-but! it’s-kept-me-from-going-insane
writing. Or, be inspired by Waylon’s sound or his legacy. I will say
that for me, Waylon’s voice and the hypnotic guitar sound in these songs just
washes over me and I can listen over and over. I hope you feel the same
way and can’t wait to read your outlaw writing!