The Music Inside – A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Vol. 1

With Waylon Jennings’ widow, Jessi Colter, and son Shooter giving their blessing to every artist and song, this tribute collection smartly sidesteps some of the classics already covered on the 2003 tribute album I’ve Always Been Crazy.

“Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” are no-shows here, perhaps because they’ll appear on future volumes. But the album is replete with its own gems, as Jamey Johnson, Trace Adkins, John Hiatt and others take on Waylon’s signature tunes.

Alabama’s interpretation of “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” is infused with fiddle hooks and guitar licks, achieving a quality akin to their own ‘80s hits. Where Metallica singer James Hetfeld’s revamped rock take on “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Thing’s Done Got Out of Hand?” on the 2003 disc faltered, James Otto appropriately updates it with his musical conjunction of soul and country.

Kris Kristofferson, a member of 1980s supergroup The Highwaymen alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, reprises “Rose in Paradise” with songstress Patty Griffin, while Sunny Sweeney and Jessi Colter team up for “Good Hearted Woman.”

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