Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings

Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings

     
 

A tribute album to the quintessential Outlaw needs no explanation or justification: It's the right thing to do. Acknowledging the master's inimitable style, this assemblage of artists keeps it spare, simple, and close to the bone. The guest list runs the gamut from Waylon's Texas podnah Guy Clark, who ambles throughSee more details below

Overview

A tribute album to the quintessential Outlaw needs no explanation or justification: It's the right thing to do. Acknowledging the master's inimitable style, this assemblage of artists keeps it spare, simple, and close to the bone. The guest list runs the gamut from Waylon's Texas podnah Guy Clark, who ambles through "Good Hearted Woman," to punk poet Henry Rollins, who growls out "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" as the music rumbles and roars like an out-of-control freight train. A wry, lilting version of "Let's All Help the Cowboys Sing the Blues" by Cowboy Jack Clement gains a little honky-tonk heartache when Pam Tillis shows up. Another redoubtable Texas boy, Radney Foster, teams with Roger Creager to take on a Waylon monument, the timeless "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)," and their dreamy, languorous version evokes the endless West Texas vistas of Jennings's raising. Check your heart before Allison Moorer digs into "Storms Never Last," because her blue-eyed soul emoting will absolutely break that vital organ. The Crickets pay homage to their buddy on a down-home "Waymore's Blues," and the likes of Dave Alvin, John Doe, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Nanci Griffith, Alejandro Escovedo, and Junior Brown acquit themselves well. A couple of unquestioned highlights: six-time Grammy winner Norah Jones delivering a simply beautiful love ballad, "Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)," in hushed, jazzy tones, accompanied by acoustic guitar and piano; and Carlene Carter back on the active list with a ferocious version of "I've Always Been Crazy" that seems to be her explanation for the horrific events in her recent life. Lock, stock, and teardrops, this one's bound to make ol' Waylon smile up there.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tribute albums are the way many listeners are introduced to veteran artists, and 2003's Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings -- released roughly a year after Jennings' death -- serves as an introduction and tribute to one of the greats of both country music and American popular music in the 20th century. Some of the songs are performed by Waylon colleagues (Kris Kristofferson on "I Do Believe") or designed as replicas (Junior Brown's "Nashville Rebel") or even sung by their songwriters (Jack Clement's "Let's All Help the Cowboys [Sing the Blues]"). There's no shortage of love for Waylon here.
Entertainment Weekly - Jeff Ousborne
Perfect for melancholy night drives. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020113725
catalogNumber:
1137
Rank:
139838

Tracks

  1. Good Hearted Woman
  2. You Asked Me To
  3. Amanda @@Dave Alvin  - Dave Alvin
  4. Wurlitzer Prize, (I Don't Want to Get Over You)
  5. Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)  - Jack Clement
  6. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line @@John Doe  - John Doe
  7. Nashville Rebel @@Junior Brown  - Junior Brown
  8. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
  9. I've Always Been Crazy
  10. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)  - Radney Foster
  11. Storms Never Last
  12. I Do Believe
  13. Lock, Stock and Teardrops
  14. Waymore's Blues @@The Crickets
  15. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean @@Henry Rollins  - Henry Rollins

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carlene Carter   Vocals
Guy Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Gaffney   Accordion
Nanci Griffith   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Verlon Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Pam Tillis   Vocals
Henry Rollins   Vocals
Sonny Curtis   Guitar,Vocals
Raymond Massey   Drums
Radney Foster   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
J.I. Allison   Drums,Vocals
Tim Atwood   Piano
Rich Brotherton   Guitar,national steel guitar
Junior Brown   Guitar
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Ken Coomer   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Alejandro Escovedo   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Paul Griffith   Drums
Don Heffington   Drums
James Hooker   Piano
Byron House   Bass
Mark T. Jordan   Keyboards
Richard Julian   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Earl Keen   Vocals
Doug Lancio   Guitar
Kenny Malone   Drums
Mike McAdam   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Pat McInerney   Drums
Susie Monick   Banjo
Marty Muse   Steel Guitar
Kenny Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Jim Vest   Steel Guitar
Greg Wetzel   Organ
Joe McMahon   Electric Guitar
Mike Daly   Guitar
Will Kimbrough   Guitar
Chuck Mead   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Don Herron   Steel Guitar
Pete Finney   Steel Guitar
Allison Moorer   Vocals
Andrew Duplantis   Organ,Bass,Background Vocals
Bill Whitbeck   Bass,Vocals
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Jerry Roe   Drums
J. Carter Tutwiler   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
David Roe   Bass,Drums,Acoustic Bass
Lee Alexander   Standup Bass

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Jessi Colter   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Radney Foster   Producer
Stephen Young   Composer
Rich Brotherton   Producer
Junior Brown   Producer
Jack Clement   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Alejandro Escovedo   Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Marty Lester   Engineer
Bob McDill   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Jay Newland   Producer,Engineer
Steve Starnes   Engineer
Chuck Mead   Producer
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Composer
Gary Hertz   Liner Notes
Allison Moorer   Producer
Curtis Buck   Composer
Norah Jones   Producer
Paul Gannon   Engineer
J. Carter Tutwiler   Producer
David Roe   Producer

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