I've Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings

I've Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings

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The second of two high-profile tribute albums to the great Waylon Jennings, RCA's I've Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings is the splashier of the two, featuring a cavalcade of superstars as well as cuts by Waylon's widow, Jessi Colter, and the man himself. It's also the better of the two, partially for the reasonsSee more details below

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The second of two high-profile tribute albums to the great Waylon Jennings, RCA's I've Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings is the splashier of the two, featuring a cavalcade of superstars as well as cuts by Waylon's widow, Jessi Colter, and the man himself. It's also the better of the two, partially for the reasons above, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the album works. Again, part of the problem of paying tribute to a larger-than-life figure like Waylon is that it's too easy to get clouded over by his large shadow. After all, this is a singer who frequently took other people's songs -- Steve Young's "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean," Neil Young's "Are You Ready for the Country," Rodney Crowell's "I Ain't Living Long Like This," Ed Bruce's "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," any number of Billy Joe Shaver songs -- and didn't just make it seem as if he owned the tunes, but as if they were pulled from his own life. Given that powerful presence, it's hard for other artists to come along and make the songs their own, so it's little surprise that there are some singers on this tribute that don't even bother to try, such as Travis Tritt, who mimics Waylon on "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean," and winds up all the better for it. Certainly, that's more effective than the well-intentioned but misguided version of "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Deana Carter and Sara Evans; in the hands of two female singers, the theme of the song is changed slightly, which isn't the problem -- it's that the light, overly fussy arrangement doesn't tap into the underlying melancholy of the song, turning it into pleasant radio fodder that has little to do with cowboys, smoky old poolrooms, or clear mountain mornings. Fortunately, missteps like that are rare -- although hard rock revampings of "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" by Metallica's James Hetfield and "Are You Ready for the Country" by Pinmonkey both stumble -- and the rest of the record is well-done and pretty entertaining. John Mellencamp straightens out "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," playing it as if it was an outtake from The Lonesome Jubilee, there's a cool drunken reading of "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" by Kenny Chesney and Kid Rock, Dwight Yoakam turns in a rollicking, spirited "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)," Alison Krauss turns "You Asked Me To" sweet, Ben Harper's "Waymore's Blues" is nicely, mildly ramshackle, Brooks & Dunn have an energetic "I Ain't Living Long Like This," and Hank Junior mixes things up with "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," removing the riff, slowing it down, and coming up with something that sounds like a good reinvention, similar to how Waylon interpreted songs. It's one track that seems to really capture the spirit of Jennings' best music, and if the rest of the record doesn't live up to that standard, it is far from embarrassing, and often pretty fun. Of course, it can't help but pale compared to Waylon's originals -- something that the poignant closer "The Dream," sung by Jennings himself, hammers home -- but if this tribute makes a few people buy his original recordings, then it can't be all bad.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636706429
catalogNumber:
67064

Tracks

  1. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way @@John Mellencamp  - John Mellencamp
  2. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean  - Travis Tritt
  3. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) @@Kid Rock & Kenny Chesney
  4. Stop the World (And Let Me Off)  - Dwight Yoakam
  5. Storms Never Last  - Jessi Colter
  6. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line @@Hank Williams Jr.  - Hank Williams
  7. Are You Ready for the Country @@Pinmonkey  -  Pinmonkey
  8. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys @@Sara Evans & Deana Carter
  9. Waymore's Blues @@Ben Harper  - Ben Harper
  10. You Asked Me to  - Alison Krauss
  11. This Time  - Andy Griggs
  12. I've Always Been Crazy  -  Stargunn
  13. I Ain't Living Long Like This @@Brooks & Dunn  -  Stargunn
  14. Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand @@James Hatfield  - James Hetfield
  15. The Dream  - Waylon Jennings

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Marty Stuart   Guitar
Waylon Jennings   Vocals
Travis Tritt   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Acoustic Guitar
Kid Rock   Vocals
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Patrick Brayer   Fiddle,Mandolin
Pete Anderson   Percussion,Electric Guitar
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Barry Bales   Acoustic Bass
Ron Block   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Boito   Keyboards
Bob Britt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Dane Clark   Percussion,Drums
Jonathan Clark   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Skip Edwards   Keyboards
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Don Heffington   Drums
Tim Hensley   Keyboards
James Hetfield   Multi Instruments
David Hungate   Bass
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Marshall   Bass
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
John Mellencamp   Guitar
Leon Mobley   Percussion
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Barny Robertson   Piano
Carter Robertson   Background Vocals
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Mike Wanchic   Guitar,Background Vocals
Rance Wasson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Andy York   Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Vaughn   Guitar
Deana Carter   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Brent Wilson   Guitar
Rick Schell   Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Jeff Carter   Electric Guitar
Juan Nelson   Bass
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Nicky P.   Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Webb   Electric Piano
Andy Griggs   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Jeffers   Bass
Jim Gairrett   Steel Guitar
Greg Baker   Bass
James Michael   Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Chad Jeffers   Banjo,Dobro,Vocals
Gary "Bud" Smith   Piano
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Richard Albright   Drums
Jim "Moose" Brown   Keyboards
Megan Weeder   Fiddle
Chad J. Udeen   Steel Guitar
Oliver Charles   Drums
Butch Sunderland   Organ,Background Vocals
Carter Falco   Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Sciou   Guitar
Curtis Roach   Bass
Michael Reynolds   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alison Krauss   Producer
Ed Bruce   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
Travis Tritt   Producer
Steve Young   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Kid Rock   Producer
Kix Brooks   Producer
Jessi Colter   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Sally Browder   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Producer
Greg Droman   Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Dunn   Producer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
James Hetfield   Producer,Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Paul Mahern   Engineer
George Marino   Mastering
John Mellencamp   Producer
Chips Moman   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Mike Poole   Producer,Engineer
Barny Robertson   Producer,Engineer
Bob Rock   Producer,Engineer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Mike Wanchic   Producer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
Deana Carter   Producer
Bob Campbell-Smith   Engineer
Jeff Watkins   Engineer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Todd Burke   Engineer
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Composer
Ryan Williams   Producer,Engineer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Greg Kane   Engineer
Hazel Smith   Executive Producer
Mike Bradford   Vocal Engineer
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Buck Curtis   Composer
Joe Galante   Executive Producer
Andy Griggs   Producer
Steve Moore   Guitar Techician
James Michael   Engineer
Pinmonkey   Producer
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Producer
Renée Bell   Executive Producer
John McBride   Engineer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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