Aquarium Drunkard Presents: WAYLON - Life Lessons
I referred to my pal's copy of Waylon Jenning's biography, Waylon: An Autobiography, as his spirit guide this weekend. Unconventional, sure, but there are many a life lesson to be gleaned from old Waymore, the man called Hoss. And one doesn't have to pour through 300+ pages to unearth them, just listen to his music.
This week's playlist rounds up twenty favorites, with the following caveat: if I was to recommend any one Waylon lp to the uninitiated, I would begin with Honky Tonk Heroes. Released in 1973, the album was, save for a few tunes, penned entirely by (the then unknown singer) Billy Joe Shaver. I invite you to google the colorful exchange between Jennings and Shaver following Waymore's initial refusal of the material. Again, life lesson's y'all. A man has to keep his word.
ABOUT AQUARIUM DRUNKARD
Based in Los Angeles, Justin Gage is the founder of the long-running, eclectic music blog Aquarium Drunkard. In addition to the blog you can catch his weekly radio show, Fridays, on SIRIUS XMU satellite radio -- noon-2pm EST.
Gage is also the founder of Autumn Tone Records and works as a music consultant and supervisor.