«..I’ve lost part of three fingers, broke my back, suffered a heart attack and a quadruple bypass, had a steel plate put in my neck and 136 stiches in my head, fought drugs and booze, spent the money I had, and burried my wife, son & mother in the span of one year…. I’m not proud of my misfortune – I’m proud of my survival»
~Billy Joe Shaver
“I’ve always been real blunt. Most people from Texas are that way. And it seems like all the great writers, they’re not afraid to say anything. I’ve always been pretty blunt, and sometimes it seems, brutally honest, but it’s real close to the bone.”
~Billy Joe Shaver
Bob Dylan has never played this song in concert, or released it. All we got are the 3 takes from the circulating “Hearts of Fire outtakes”. The solo version is absolutely incredible.
Townhouse Studio London, England 27 & 28 August 1986 Hearts Of Fire recording session, produced by Beau Hill
Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at twelve on KVOW radio. He formed a band, The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings’ first recording session, of “Jolie Blon” and “When Sin Stops (Love Begins)”. Holly hired him to play bass. During the “Winter Dance Party Tour,” in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The flight that carried Holly, Richardson and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died.
Following the accident, Jennings worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records, A&M Records before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control of his records.
Waylon Jennings has done some wonderful Bob Dylan covers.
Don’t think twice It’s all right – Waylon Jennings, released on his debut album, Waylon at JD’s in 1964 (just one year after Dylan released it originally):
One Too Many Mornings (1000 Miles Behind) by Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, from their Heroes album released in 1986. :
15 great Americana/Country versions of Neil Young songs
Neil Young has always had one foot in the rock camp and one in the country camp, he is one of the true entrepreneurs of country-rock. He has released pure rock albums and equally pure country albums, he has toured with rock bands and he has toured with a country music ensemble.
“I was told that no matter what I did, country radio would not play me, mostly because of my songwriting. I’d put out things like ‘Southern Man’ and ‘Alabama so culturally, they drew the line.” “But while we were not accepted by country radio, we were accepted by country musicians, they all played ‘Southern Man’ with me. They didn’t care. It wasn’t about that.” – Neil Young to Rolling Stone Magazine
I have picked 15 examples of how his songs sounds in a country/americana setting, it sounds right , it sounds natural!
Whitehorse – Winterlong:
Whitehorse covers Neil Young’s “Winterlong” as part of The Road To Massey Hall live album
“I think everybody secretly dreams of being a cowboy, no matter where they`re from.” – Waylon Jennings
It is “roundup” time in Texas. In a ritual that has changed little since the times of “the wild west”, cowboys ride out twice a year to gather up the cattle and prepare them for the market.
Waylon Jennings spent 10 days roaming the 250 square miles of the 06 Kokernot Ranch with these cowboys to tell the story of his experience in this musical documentary, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.”
Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. He formed a band, The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings’s first recording session, of “Jole Blon” and “When Sin Stops (Love Begins).” Holly hired him to play bass. During the “Winter Dance Party Tour,” in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The flight that carried Holly, Richardson, and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died. Following the accident, Jennings worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records, A&M Records before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control of his records.
During the 1970s, Jennings joined the Outlaw movement. He released critically acclaimed albums Lonesome, On’ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes, followed by hit albums Dreaming My Dreams and Are You Ready for the Country. In 1976 he released the album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter, the first platinum country music album.
It is fascinating and educational with a fantastic soundtrack.
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – a musical documentary with Waylon Jennings:
In 1993, Willie Nelson joined with his friends for a fantastic birthday concert with Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Edie Brickell and Neil Young.
we get Willie Nelson and a dazzling array of stars for a superb birthday concert, celebrating the life and music of one America’s most popular singer/songwriters. Filled with power-packed performances, unforgettable songs and candid interviews with Willie and many of the superstars he’s influenced! It was out on VHS and Laserdisc but has not been released on DVD (yet…)
The concert film also has statements and messages from his friends, like Lesley Ann Warren, Sydney Pollack, Dennis Hopper and Lou Diamond Phillips and Bill Clinton, all talking about the man and artist. The songs are wonderful in this big party for Willie Nelson.
Graceland – Willie Nelson and Paul Simon
Whiskey River — Willie Nelson
Getting Over You — Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt
Seven Spanish Angels — Ray Charles and Willie Nelson
Pancho and Lefty – Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan
Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys — Willie Nelson and Waylon Jenning
On The Road Again — Willie Nelson
Song for You — Ray Charles
Old OUtlaws Like Us — Travis Tritt
How Do You Feel About Fooling Around? — Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
Way More’s Blues — Marty Stuart & Waylon Jennings
Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line — Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart
Night Life — Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King
Funny How Time Slips Away — Lyle Lovett
Crazy — EmmyLou Harris
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain — Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Edie Brickell
Valentine — Willie Nelson
Are There Any More Real Cowboys? — Willie Nelson and Neil Young
Hard Times, Come Again No More — Bob Dylan
American Tune — Willie Nelson and Paul Simon
Always On My Mind — Willie Nelson
Whiskey River — Willie Nelson and Family, Don Was and the Healing Hands of Time Band