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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636706429
  • Catalog Number: 67064

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
Curtis Buck 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "An outstanding tribute to the greatest outlaw of them all"

    This collection of some of Waylon's best songs really hits the mark!! Everyone involved in the project did an outstanding job! RCA should be working on "I've Always Been Crazy" Part Two!!There are too many songs and too many other artists who would love to participate in a second production!

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