Honky Tonk Heroes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Waylon Jennings hooked up with songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, he found the perfect author for his obsessions, his fascinations, and his very image. Waylon had always been looking, perhaps unintentionally, for a common ground between country and rock, and Shaver's songs -- sketching an outlaw stance with near defiance and borrowing rock attitude to create the hardest country tunes imaginable -- were perfect. On his previous album, Waylon had sung that "ladies love outlaws," but now he found the music that would soon be called outlaw country, a defiant, ballsy blend of mythmaking and truth-telling. Shaver never had a better voice for his songs, and Jennings ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Waylon Jennings hooked up with songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, he found the perfect author for his obsessions, his fascinations, and his very image. Waylon had always been looking, perhaps unintentionally, for a common ground between country and rock, and Shaver's songs -- sketching an outlaw stance with near defiance and borrowing rock attitude to create the hardest country tunes imaginable -- were perfect. On his previous album, Waylon had sung that "ladies love outlaws," but now he found the music that would soon be called outlaw country, a defiant, ballsy blend of mythmaking and truth-telling. Shaver never had a better voice for his songs, and Jennings never had better songs for his style. Honky Tonk Heroes arrived at a crucial moment, a time when true honky tonk was fading, so only a dose of rock & roll could save it. And, no matter how much rock attitude is here, this is pure country in its stance and attitude -- yet Honky Tonk Heroes' very defiance makes it a perfect discovery album for listeners who never thought they would like country music. And the songs! Shaver earned his stripes here, with songs that were emotional, funny, and clever, utterly bringing the mythic outlaw ethic to life. "Black Rose," "You Asked Me To," and "Honky Tonk Heroes" remain among the greatest things Waylon ever cut, and every other song here matches them. Few country albums have ever been this consistent, and few records, from any genre, have been as consistently compelling. A wonderful album -- one that's hard to tire of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • Label: Buddha
  • UPC: 744659961922
  • Catalog Number: 99619
  • Sales rank: 3,839

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Waylon Jennings Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Steve Young Guitar
Will Ackerman Drums
Ritchie Albright Guitar, Drums
Joseph Allen Bass
Byron Bach Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
Don Brooks Harmonica
Marvin Chantry Viola
Duke Goff Bass
Jerry Gropp Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Lennie Haight Violin
Buddy Harman Drums
Buddy Harmon Drums
Eddie Hinton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dave Kirby Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sheldon Kurland Violin
Kyle Lehning Trumpet, Keyboards
Martha McCrory Cello
Ralph Mooney Guitar, Steel Guitar
Billy Ray Reynolds Guitar
Billy Reynolds Rhythm Guitar
Billy Sanford Guitar, Electric Guitar
Randy Scruggs Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dale Sellers Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steven Maxwell Smith Violin
Bee Spears Bass
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Larry Whitmore Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Williams Fiddle
Reggie Young Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andy McMahon Organ
Stephanie Woolf Violin
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Donnie Brooks Harmonica
Andrew McMahon Organ
David Briggs Piano
Lawrence Herzberg Violin
Willie Ackerman Drums
Technical Credits
Waylon Jennings Producer, Author, Audio Production
Tompall Glaser Producer, Audio Production
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Dennis Ferrante Master Transfers
Ronnie Light Producer, Audio Production
Ken Mansfield Audio Production
Jimmy Moore Cover Photo
Al Pachucki Engineer
Tom Pick Engineer
Glen Spreen Arranger
Tommy Williams Contributor
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Mike Ragogna Reissue Producer
Joel Whitburn Chart Information
Matthew Zeek Harris Art Direction
Hillman Hall Composer
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