Monday, February 7, 2011

Remembering Waylon

On Tuesday February 8, Big Machine Records and ScatterRecords are releasing tribute album to the late, great Waylon Jennings, which comes out on the 9th anniversary of his death. The disc, The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume 1 is first volume of a proposed three volume series. Performers on this edition include Jamey Johnson, John Hiatt, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, and, a personal favorite, Sunny Sweeney (who does a duet with Jessi Colter on "Good Hearted Woman").

Here's the official press release


Nashville, TN…(February 7, 2011)…He’s been awarded 2 Grammys, 2 ACM Awards and 4 CMA Awards. With 40 million units sold and 16 #1 singles, Waylon Jennings remains a legendary force across all genres of music.

This week will mark the ninth anniversary of Waylon Jennings’ passing, and to celebrate his enduring legacy, country music's finest are joining forces to pay tribute to the original outlaw on the new CD The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume 1, releasing Tuesday, February 8.

Recording for the three volume series started over two-and-a-half years ago, and it's been a labor of love for Waylon's widow Jessi Colter, son Shooter Jennings and guitarist Reggie Young, who along with Producer Witt Stewart, have assembled a star-studded roster of artists to pay tribute to Waylon and highlight his undeniable musical and cultural influence.

“There have been several tribute albums made in my father's honor, all of which were great tributes to his legacy. But this one has been a true passion project for a lot of artists and friends who truly wanted to remember and give back to the wonderful man he was,” says son Shooter Jennings. “In the years since my dad passed away, I've grown as an artist and I feel this is the first time I've truly been able to give back to the man who inspired, influenced and nurtured me and my musical passion.”

This first volume features Waylon's most critically and commercially acclaimed tracks, uniquely interpreted and performed by yesterday’s and today's country legends, including Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Trace Adkins, Patty Griffin, Randy Houser and John Hiatt. Also included are new recordings by Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter and the Jennings classic "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," the first new music in over ten years from super-group Alabama.


Official Track Listing:
1. This Time – Jamey Johnson
2. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Alabama
3. I’m A Ramblin’ Man – Randy Houser
4. Belle of the Ball – Shooter Jennings
5. Good Hearted Woman – Sunny Sweeney and Jessi Colter
6. Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand – James Otto
7. Just To Satisfy You – John Hiatt w Waylon Jennings
8. Rose In Paradise – Kris Kristofferson and Patty Griffin
9. You Ask Me To – Trace Adkins
10. Go Down Rockin' – Waylon Jennings
(Bonus Track) The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You) – Chanel Campbell

THE MUSIC INSIDE: A COLLABORATION DEDICATED TO WAYLON JENNINGS,VOL. I will be released on ScatterRecords and Big Machine Records on February 8th. Volume II is scheduled to release on June 14, the day before what would have been Waylon’s 74th birthday. Volume III is slated to release Fall 2011, the day prior to Waylon and Jessi’s 42nd wedding anniversary.

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Modern music owes much of its broad-based appeal and rugged individualism to Jennings, a man whose career stretched from the mid-‘50s, when he was a protégé of Buddy Holly and throughout four decades later. The one-time radio disc jockey from Littlefield, Texas went on to record 16 No.1 songs and earn 4 multi platinum, 8 platinum, and 15 gold sales certifications, selling more than 40 million records worldwide. Along the way, he captured a string of awards (including 2 GRAMMYs and 4 CMA Awards), scored numerous movie roles, authored a best-selling autobiography and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His career exhibited spirit and individualism and helped define a generation of country music and continues today. Artists too numerous to mention-- from established peers to the new generations of rock and country acts-- give credit to him as their inspiration and mentor.

Jennings’ eclectic, raw-edged music created a niche and became part of a movement in the mid-70’s that would change the face of both country and across-the-board music. He was one of the music world’s truly innovative stylists who never became classifiable.

He was the first of his era to sell a platinum album and a quadruple platinum album. While some of today’s artists may sell a lot of albums, too, it’s extremely rare to hear of one who can generate the kind of electricity that Waylon exuded--from the minute he entered a room or on the stage. Waylon Jennings is an American original and remains one of the true giants of this business.

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