Sonic Gems: Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes

Born on June 15, 1937, American singer/songwriter and country musician Waylon Arnold Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and was performing on the local radio station KVOW by the age of 14.  Surviving the day that music died on the ill fated flight that took the lives of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens by giving up his seat, he went on to fame as part of the Outlaw Country movement.  On February 13, 2002, Jennings died come diabetes complications.    In 2001, he had been inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame.  In 2007, he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music.

Honky Tonk Heroes was released in 1973.  All the song were written or co-written by Billy Joe Shaver.  One might say it was an injection of rock and roll attitude into the heart of country.  And for that, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album an eight out of 10.

You may listen to Honky Tonk Heroes at:

 

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