If you crack open the dictionary and look up the definition of “cool,” you’re gonna get a full page picture of Waylon Jennings.
He was as badass as it gets.
Just watch this performance from Cowboy Jack Clement’s TV show from back in the day. Sitting alongside his wife Jessi Colter, Waylon asks if they want to hear “Waymore’s Blues,” to which, Jack responded “I never heard it,” (which was an obvious joke because he produced it for Waylon’s 1975 album Dreaming My Dreams).
So with a cigarette in the guitar strings, Waylon locks eyes with his wife and you can just feel the chemistry, you can feel the cool. Waylon was performing like nobody else was in the room… so effortless, so authentic… he was simply one of a kind.
“Every woman she sees looks like a place I came in, like a place I came in,” he sings with a laugh before calling that line “poetic license.”
“You’ll need a lot of poetic license for that,” she replied.
Their banter back and forth during the song make the entire performance, but ultimately, Waylon concludes saying the song makes no sense.
“It don’t make any sense. It does, but it don’t. I had to really dig to get a story out of it. I’ll tell ya about it someday… the first part is about Jimmie Rodgers, the second part I don’t know what it’s about.”
I’ll admit it, the history, the nostalgia, even the love for the music, life and legacy of Waylon is a bit lost on me. He was before my time and I’m well aware of the fact that I can’t appreciate this video like some of you all who may have been around for this era of country music.
But damn if I don’t watch this and still think, “man, that’s fucking awesome.”