Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Whoa There!

In my musical alphabet recounting, I've reached W.

And I want to remind you all that this is just what pops out of my brain at the moment someone says, "What musical act or thing or whatever do you think of when I say W?"

And today, that would be Waylon & Willie. (Uh, Jennings and Nelson.)

They recorded a classic album back in 1978 (called Waylon & Willie), which included that one song "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." Thing is, when these guys did this record, they'd been pals for a while and were leaders of the outlaw country movement for their hard drinkin' and smokin' and fightin' and livin' and lovin' and drinkin' and stuff. But that movement was already on the wane, and this record, classic as it is, was not really their best stuff. There were a couple solo Willie tracks, and a couple solo Waylon tracks, as well as the duets, but this album wasn't the most amazing thing ever by either artist. But it was fun, and it is classic, and the guys were already rock stars, so who how can you not love it?