Jennings final recordings coming in September
Thursday, May 31, 2012
– "Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings" is coming in September.
Recorded shortly before his death in 2002, "Goin' Down Rockin'"will be available on Sept. 11 through Saguaro Road Records.
Rosanne Cash said of the songs, "There was never an artist like Waylon Jennings. It's such a joy to hear his honest voice, his integrity and his quintessential badassness on this new record. What a great thing for posterity that these recordings exist and were finished by Robby Turner with such care and honor."
Kris Kristofferson, who toured alongside Jennings in the Highwaymen, added, "The pure beauty of Waylon's voice - unlike any other I ever heard - has the powerful honesty and heart of the man himself. Like his outlaw companions Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, they broke the mold when they made him. I do believe I Do Believe is the only one of these I've heard before, and I could listen to it forever."
Jennings wrote 11 of the 12 songs, all but 1 previously unreleased. He recorded them with his accompanist Turner, but died before they could be completed. A decade later, Turner finished the tracks to Jennings' specifications, working with musicians such as Reggie Young, Richie Albright and tour mate Tony Joe White.
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