Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings

Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings

by Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings


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Just prior to his death in 2002, Waylon Jennings headed over with some regularity to the home studio of his longtime friend and producer Robby Turner. Featuring nothing more than Waylon's own guitar and Turner's bass, these recordings were spare and simple, intended to be finished out some day down the road. That day arrived a decade later, when Turner finally felt ready to flesh out these recordings with the assistance of several regular Jennings sidemen, adding rhythm, steel, guitars, keyboards, and some harmony vocals to the original demos, releasing the finished product as the Goin' Down Rockin' album. Often, this kind of posthumous overdubbing winds up sounding a bit mawkish, but not here. There's little overt sentimentality here, nor is this quite as slick as the albums Jennings released in the last decade or so of his life, nor is this as austere and obsessed with mortality as Rick Rubin's productions for Johnny Cash. Goin' Down Rockin' merely sounds like a good latter-day album from Waylon Jennings, one where he's singing songs that matter to him and one where he's singing with soul. Naturally, that's more than enough. Jennings -- who wrote 11 of the 12 songs (the title track was written by Tony Joe White, who also pops up to perform on this cut), some of them revivals, some of them new tunes -- seems comfortable and unhurried, looking back not with regret but bittersweet satisfaction. Turner matches the original demos quite nicely, going so far as to capture keyboard sounds that are slightly out of time, just dated enough so Goin' Down Rockin' sounds as if it could have come out in 2002. Ultimately, that subtle modesty is what's so appealing about this posthumous collection: this isn't a major statement, it's a warm, fitting coda to a legendary career.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Time Life Records
UPC: 0610583448429
catalogNumber: 27081


  1. Goin' Down Rockin'
  2. Belle of the Ball
  3. If My Harley Was Runnin'
  4. I Do Believe
  5. Friends In California
  6. The Ways of the World
  7. Shakin' the Blues
  8. Never Say Die
  9. Wastin' Time
  10. Sad Songs and Waltzes
  11. She Was No Good For Me
  12. Wrong Road To Nashville

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tony Joe White   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Barny Robertson   Piano,Hammond B3
Carter Robertson   Background Vocals,Humming
Joe Spivey   Fiddle
Robby Turner   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Upright Bass,Hammond B3
Tommy White   Dobro
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Jenny Lynn Young   Cello
Richie Albright   Percussion,Drums
Aaron Rodgers   Electric Guitar
Jim Brown   Electric Guitar,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer
Bill LaBounty   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Jessi Colter   Liner Notes
Troy Seals   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Robby Turner   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Bas Hartong   Executive Producer
Leann White   Composer
Mike Jason   Executive Producer
Lynne O'Connor   Editorial Research
Olivia Kim   Editorial Research
Mark Polack   Engineer

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