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Honky Tonk Heroes

Honky Tonk Heroes

by Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings


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When Waylon Jennings hooked up with songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, he found the perfect author for his obsessions, his fascinations, and his very image. Waylon had always been looking, perhaps unintentionally, for a common ground between country and rock, and Shaver's songs -- sketching an outlaw stance with near defiance and borrowing rock attitude to create the hardest country tunes imaginable -- were perfect. On his previous album, Waylon had sung that "ladies love outlaws," but now he found the music that would soon be called outlaw country, a defiant, ballsy blend of mythmaking and truth-telling. Shaver never had a better voice for his songs, and Jennings never had better songs for his style. Honky Tonk Heroes arrived at a crucial moment, a time when true honky tonk was fading, so only a dose of rock & roll could save it. And, no matter how much rock attitude is here, this is pure country in its stance and attitude -- yet Honky Tonk Heroes' very defiance makes it a perfect discovery album for listeners who never thought they would like country music. And the songs! Shaver earned his stripes here, with songs that were emotional, funny, and clever, utterly bringing the mythic outlaw ethic to life. "Black Rose," "You Asked Me To," and "Honky Tonk Heroes" remain among the greatest things Waylon ever cut, and every other song here matches them. Few country albums have ever been this consistent, and few records, from any genre, have been as consistently compelling. A wonderful album -- one that's hard to tire of.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/1999
Label: Buddha
UPC: 0744659961922
catalogNumber: 99619
Rank: 729


  1. Honky Tonk Heroes
  2. Old Five and Dimers (Like Me)
  3. Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me
  4. Low Down Freedom
  5. Omaha
  6. You Asked Me To
  7. Ride Me Down Easy
  8. Ain't No God in Mexico
  9. Black Rose
  10. We Had It All
  11. Slow Rollin' Low
  12. You Asked Me To

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Steve Young   Guitar
Ritchie Albright   Guitar,Drums
Joseph Allen   Bass
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Duke Goff   Bass
Jerry Gropp   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Lennie Haight   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Buddy Harmon   Drums
Eddie Hinton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dave Kirby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Kyle Lehning   Trumpet,Keyboards
Martha McCrory   Cello
Ralph Mooney   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Billy Ray Reynolds   Guitar
Billy Reynolds   Rhythm Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dale Sellers   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steven Maxwell Smith   Violin
Bee Spears   Bass
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Larry Whitmore   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy McMahon   Organ
Stephanie Woolf   Violin
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Donnie Brooks   Harmonica
Andrew McMahon   Organ
David Briggs   Piano
Lawrence Herzberg   Violin
Willie Ackerman   Drums

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Producer,Author,Audio Production
Tompall Glaser   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Dennis Ferrante   Master Transfers
Ronnie Light   Producer,Audio Production
Ken Mansfield   Audio Production
Jimmy Moore   Cover Photo
Pachucki   Engineer
Tom Pick   Engineer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Tommy Williams   Contributor
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Mike Ragogna   Reissue Producer
Joel Whitburn   Chart Information
Matthew Zeek Harris   Art Direction
Hillman Hall   Composer

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