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

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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,...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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+)

Perfect for melancholy night drives. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020113725
  • Catalog Number: 1137
  • Sales rank: 373,102

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 Jr. 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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