THE OUTLAW WAYLON JENNINGS
"The only two things in life that make it worth livin' / is guitars tuned good / and firm feelin' women." from the song Lukenbach, Texas
"Women been my my trouble / since I found out they weren't men." from the song A Long Time Ago
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Outlaw Waylon Jennings to kick off this week's blog theme of Country.
Known for his music, as well as his hard-living, honky-tonk lifestyle, Jennings unapologetically put to lyrics, in honest, soulful fashion, all of his carousing, mishaps with the law, heartbreak and general "rambling man" ways encountered throughout his lifetime. A founding father of the Outlaw Country scene (a personal favorite) Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas in 1937, played bass with Buddy Holly in the 50s (fatefully giving up his seat on the flight that took Holly's life to the Big Bopper), partied hard with Johnny Cash, collaborated with Willie Nelson, settled down with Jessi Colter and fathered Waylon Shooter Jennings in the 70s, and unfortunately died from complications with diabetes in 2002.
If you have a taste for classic 70s country (the best kind), with grit, rhythm, and wit, there won't be a song you'll want to skip from Jennings. To quote the man himself, "he’s slicker than a bald-tired semi on a mile of wet asphalt”.
Here are just a few of my favorites.