Whoa. We just put the first disc from Waylon: Nashville Rebel, Legacy's new 4-disc box set on the office hi-fi and it starts with Waylon's two minute version of Buddy Dee's (or is it Harry Choates's?) "Jole Blon" with Cajun French vocals, fucking awesome rubbery saxophone work by Aretha's bandleader King Curtis and guitar and production by Buddy Holly. It's so typical of Waylon that the first song on a huge retrospective would be a stunning jam we've never heard before. Even if we are, admittedly, most familiar with the music on disc three's 1974-1980 era: "Good Hearted Woman," "Luckenback, Texas," "Suspicious Minds," with his wife Jessi Colter, etc. It's a testament to Waylon (and the other outlaws, now that we think about it), that on a 4 disc box set separated by era, it's not the first disc or two that are essential - Waylon stayed relevant, stayed hard, stayed himself even through things like the Outlaws Exxxplosion and all the endless collaborations that could've gotten wack, the Dukes of Hazzard theme song, the ’80s, etc. We're drinkin and dreamin with you start to finish, buddy.
Stop The World
October 23, 2006