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

Track List

>Good Hearted Woman - Guy Clark
>You Ask Me To - Nanci Griffith
>Amanda - Dave Alvin
>Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You) - Norah Jones
>Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues) - Jack Clement
>Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line, The - John Doe
>Nashville Rebel - Junior Brown
>Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
>I've Always Been Crazy - Carlene Carter
>Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Gillian Welch
>Storms Never Last - Allison Moorer
>I Do Believe - Kris Kristofferson
>Lock, Stock and Teardrops - Alejandro Escovedo
>Waymore's Blues - Steve Earle
>Lonesome, On'ry and Mean - Henry Rollins

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (5/29/03, p.65) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A collection of punks, folkies, country singers and Tex-Mex crooners celebrates both the romantic and rebellious sides of the late Texas outlaw legend Waylon Jennings..."

Entertainment Weekly (4/18/03, p.71) - "...Perfect for melancholy night drives, although Norah Jones' 'Wurlitzer Prize' will make you so weepy, you may crash your pickup..." - Rating: B+

Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This stands head and shoulders above the average tribute album."

Album Notes

Full title: Lonesome, On'ry And Mean: A Tribute To Waylon Jennings.

Compilation producers: Chuck Mead, Dave Roe, Scott Robinson, Dan Herrington.

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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