Waylon Jennings – tiny curations
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DEEP DIVES & tiny curations Podcast Episodes Available Today:
- You Asked Me To
- Can’t You See
- I Can Get Off On You (Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson)
- Drinkin’ and Dreamin’
- Outlaw Shit
James Jennings Interview
On February 13, 2022. Super Bowl number 56 with the LA Rams vs the Cincinnati Bengals at home in LA in the new Rams SoFi Stadium; Inglewood with the half time show featuring Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre!. It’s also the day before St. Valentine’s Day, but more importantly this year marks 20 years since Waylon Jennings left this world. He was only 64 years old and died due to diabetic complications. But he had one hell of a life. Played bass guitar for Buddy Holly, gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight the day music died. He lived on to pioneer the Outlaw Country movement. And along with Willie, his wife Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser was featured on country music’s first platinum album, “Wanted! The Outlaws.” He was the Balladeer for The Dukes of Hazzard TV show. And later Waylon part of the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Willie, Kris Kristofferson, and the man in black Johnny Cash. Waylon sold over 40 million albums, the man needs need no further introduction.
Today we have with us, James Jennings, you are the last living brother of Waylon Jennings. Hey James!
Thanks for joining us here on tiny curations. How are you doing today?
Great seeing you this week at your store and chatting with you.
Like many men my age, I loved Dukes of Hazzard! Watched it every Friday night following the show that my parent’s would watch, Dallas. I had a little 33 record of Waylon singing the “Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard – Just Good Ole Boys”. I would place the needle on that record and time it to the TV show when is started and let the record play along with Waylon Jennings as The Balladeer. Even had the now Vintage 1982 Holy Grail of Power Cycles, the Dukes Of Hazzard General Lee Big Wheel from Coleco complete with the stars and bars and all.
Although I was only able to see the man live in concert once at the Willie’s 4th of July Picnic in Luckenbach in 1996 with Willie, Waylon and the Boys. Your brother along with his music made a big impression and me and so many others.
James, I’ve met you before at your Waymore’s Liquor Store and then again this past Monday, right there in your hometown of Littlefield, TX, just West of Lubbock near the panhandle. You were so kind and gracious to show my family around your store and what is the only Waylon Jennings museum in existence in the back your Waymore’s Package Store. How did that come about, why did you start the Waylon museum there in Littlefield?
The store is located 30 minutes West of Lubbock, in the small town of Littlefield, smack dab in the middle of town sits Waymore’s Liquor Store and Waylon Jennings Museum at 901 Hall Ave. at the corner of Waylon Jennings Blvd:
901 Hall Ave
Littlefield, TX 79339
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
I have described one of my visits to Waymore’s Liquor store as well as Billy the Kid’s grave located in Ft. Sumner on an early episode of tiny curations celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Jon Bon Jovi’s Young Guns II – “Blaze of Glory” Soundtrack, for the people at home, go check that out if you would like to hear more.
Your mother taught Waylon to play guitar when he was 8 years old and he played around and won awards around Littlefield. And you have a guitar that was marked by young Waylon in your collection as well as framed gold album for country music’s very first platinum album, “Wanted! The Outlaws.” You have much more in your museum, could you give us a walk through of some of the items in your collection there in your Waylon museum?
You even have that Johnny Cash Santa Fe wool coat.
What might folks expect when they come to visit Waymore’s?
Let us now play “You Asked Me To” a song written by Billy Joe Shaver for Waylon Jennings 1973 album “Honky Tonk Heroes”. The album composed mostly of Billy Joe Shaver songs and with an interesting background on how those songs happened to land in Waylon’s lap, but here is the song now:
And that last song was “Can’t You See”, a song originally performed by The Marshall Tucker Band, but this was his version off of Waylon’s 1976 album “Are You Ready for the Country.”
How was it growing up in the country, there in Littlefield with your brothers and you and the Jennings family?
And now here is one of my favorites “I Can Get Off On You (Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson)”. But first, any Waylon and Willie stories that you can share?
That was “Drinkin’ and Dreamin'” the first single off of the 1985 “Turn the Page” album.
Mr. Jennnings, you are full of stories, I can tell. Do you have a story about your brother Waylon that you would like to share, maybe one that folks don’t know or a great memory to share about him on this day?
Now, your nephew Shooter Jennings is holding the country flame alive and has a great catalog of music in his own right, love his music and seen him many many times. And now a one of the most sought after producers around, a Grammy winning Producer. But there are other Jennings that we should all be aware of, isn’t that right?
Finally, here is a slowed down and reworked version of Waylon Jennings 1978 song “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand”, inspired by Waylon’s famous cocaine arrest the year prior. This version of the song was produced by son Shooter Jennings and backed by Shooter and his band The .357’s. This is off of the album “Waylon Forever” released several years after Waylon’s passing. These are the final recordings and unreleased and unheard material by your brother. I love this version, and the reworked song has a reworked title, here is “Outlaw Shit”:
Thanks for being here with us today James. I appreciate your time and joining us on this 20th anniversary of your older brothers passing.
And I will stop by and see you again on a future President’s Day as my family and I make our annual road trip to and from Angel Fire and Taos area, New Mexico then back to our home in Austin. But no journey in that part of the state would be complete without our pilgrimage to Waymore’s Liquor Store and visiting with you and your family. So I will see you then, my friend!
When were talking about other Waylon songs, here is a small list that we couldn’t get to here today, but folks might want to go home and give a spin, and keeping with the spirit of tiny curations, these are deep dives and deep album cuts:
- Rose in Paradise
- Blackjack County Chains
- Mr. Shuck And Jive
- Pick Up The Tempo
- Live Forever
- Silver Stallion
- American Remains
- Living Legend
- Against The Wind
- I Never Cared For You – Waylon Jennings
- If I Can Find A Clean Shirt
- Ed Bruce w Willie & Waylon- The Last Cowboy Song
02 – Oklahoma Wind (with Waylon Jennings) – (Tramp On Your Street) from Honkey Tony Heroes, like the Highwaymen, with Waylon, Willie, Kris, but as Johnny Cash had already passed, the composer or Waylon’s Billy Joe Shaver.
And James, before we go, what is your favorite song by your brother Waylon? And can you sing us a verse?
“Rough and Rowdy Days”
Thank you James.
Thanks for listening.