Waylon Jennings celebrated with new concert special

Blackbird Presents, CMT, and Sony Legacy are proud to announce the broadcast premiere and audio/video release of Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings. A collection of music’s legendary Outlaws and rising superstars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in Austin, Texas at ACL Live at The Moody Theater to celebrate the songs of music legend Waylon Jennings. On Friday, April 7th the two-hour broadcast premiere will air on CMT at 10 pm ET/PT, and Sony Legacy will release the concert film as a CD/DVD combo and digital download on April 7th at Amazon.com.

Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Jessi Colter, Robert Earl Keen, and Bobby Bare.

The project was created by Keith Wortman and Mark Rothbaum, along with legendary Outlaws and musicians Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings. Colter and Jennings also delivered their own heart-melting performances that evening in honor of Waylon’s music.

Keith Wortman, Mark Rothbaum, Freddy Fletcher, and Jessi Colter are the executive producers. GRAMMY Award-winning producer/musician Don Was and GRAMMY Award-winning producer/songwriter Buddy Cannon served as co-music directors on the project.

Was (bass) also led the all-star house band backing the performers, which featured Buddy Miller (guitar), Patrick Buchanan (guitar), Robby Turner (pedal steel), Raymond Weber (drums), Richie Albright (drums), Matthew Rollings (B-3, keyboards, & accordion), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), and Kari Kimmel, Carmel Echols and Sara Mann (backing vocals).

If any one performer personified the Outlaw movement, it was Waylon Jennings. Over his sixty-plus albums, and with his imposing baritone and stripped-down musical style, he changed the world of country music and became a superstar. A Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee and GRAMMY award-winning artist—including Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group with Willie Nelson—Waylon Jennings is an unmistakable country legend.

The two-hour broadcast premiere and CD/DVD combo includes a range of Jennings classics, such as “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (performed by Willie Nelson and Toby Keith), “Lonesome, On’ry And Mean” (performed by Eric Church), “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” (performed by Chris Stapleton), a very special performance of “Highwayman,” (performed by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson) and an all-star grand finale performance of “Luckenbach, Texas.”

“Waylon Jennings was my friend, brother, and musical soul mate,” Willie Nelson says. “All of these performers came together to pay tribute to an original Outlaw.”

“Waylon had the courage to kick in the doors of country music. He paved the way for artists with country roots to push into rock, soul, and jazz. Waylon was a true original – to himself, to his fans, and always to the music,” says Wortman. “This show is a testament to how special he remains to artists and fans.”

In a heartfelt reflection on the project, Jessi Colter recalled a beautiful lyric she wrote –
“You did hang the moon, didn’t you Waylon?”

CD/DVD

CD:

1. I Ain’t Living Long Like This – Chris Stapleton
2. Whistlers and Jugglers – Shooter Jennings
3. Mona – Jessi Colter
4. Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line – Bobby Bare
5. Ride Me Down Easy – Lee Ann Womack
6. Yours Love – Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller
7. Freedom to Stay – Jamey Johnson
8. The Wurlitzer Prize – Kacey Musgraves
9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Robert Earl Keen
10. I Do Believe – Kris Kristofferson
11. Rainy Day Woman – Ryan Bingham
12. Dreaming My Dreams with You – Alison Krauss
13. I Ain’t the One – Alison Krauss & Jamey Johnson
14. Honky Tonk Heroes – Toby Keith
15. Lonesome, On’ry and Mean – Eric Church
16. Till I Gain Control Again – Willie Nelson
17. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Toby Keith
18. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Chris Stapleton
19. Highwayman – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson
20. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) – Willie Nelson & Full Ensemble

DVD:

1. Blackbird Opening Titles – Various
2. Waylon Jennings Opening titles – Various
3. I Ain’t Living Long Like This – Chris Stapleton
4. Whistlers and Jugglers – Shooter Jennings
5. Mona – Jessi Colter
6. Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line – Bobby Bare
7. Ride Me Down Easy – Lee Ann Womack
8. Yours Love – Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller
9. Freedom to Stay – Jamey Johnson
10. The Wurlitzer Prize – Kacey Musgraves
11. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Robert Earl Keen
12. I Do Believe – Kris Kristofferson
13. Rainy Day Woman – Ryan Bingham
14. Dreaming My Dreams with You – Alison Krauss
15. I Ain’t the One – Alison Krauss & Jamey Johnson
16. Honky Tonk Heroes – Toby Keith
17. Lonesome, On’ry and Mean – Eric Church
18. Till I Gain Control Again – Willie Nelson
19. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Toby Keith
20. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Chris Stapleton
21. I Can Get Off On You – Willie Nelson & Sturgill Simpson
22. Highwayman – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson
23. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) – Willie Nelson & Full Ensemble
24. Credits – Various
25. Waylon In a Word – Various
26. Waylon’s Influence – Various
27. The Highwaymen – Various
28. First Heard Waylon – Various
29. Gone Fishin’ – Various
30. Highwaymen Family – Various
31. Outlaws – Various

Author: Buddy Iahn

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