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If any one performer personified the outlaw country movement of the '70s, it was Waylon Jennings. Though he had been a professional musician since the late '50s, it wasn't until the '70s that Waylon, with his imposing baritone and stripped-down, updated honky tonk, became a superstar.

Jennings rejected the conventions of Nashville, refusing to record with the industry's legions of studio musicians and insisting that his music never resemble the string-laden, pop-inflected sounds that were coming out of Nashville in the '60s and '70s. Many artists, including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, followed Waylon's anti-Nashville stance and eventually the whole "outlaw" movement -- so-named because of the artists' ragged, maverick image and their independence from Nashville -- became one of the most significant country forces of the '70s, helping the genre adhere to its hardcore honky tonk roots. Jennings didn't write many songs, but his music -- which combined the grittiest aspects of honky tonk with a rock & roll rhythm and attitude, making the music spare, direct, and edgy -- defined hardcore country, and it influenced countless musicians, including members of the new traditionalist and alternative country subgenres of the '80s.

Heroes - Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings

Heroes - Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings

One Too Many Mornings Waylon Jennings/Johnny Cash duet

1984

Waylon Jennings at JD's

Waylon Jennings at JD's

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Recorded 12/3/64 at Audio Recorders, Phoenix, Arizona,  for an album to sell at live shows.  These tracks have been reissued  many  times.  CD reissues often add other early rarities, including Waylon's 1958 recordings produced by Buddy Holly.

Don't Think Twice It's Alright

Don't Think Twice It's Alright

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Same track as on Waylon Jennings at JD's (same story)

Thanks To Buddy

Thanks To Buddy

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Same track as on Waylon Jennings at JD's (same story)

The Early Years: Clovis to Phoenix

The Early Years: Clovis to Phoenix

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Same track as on Waylon Jennings at JD's (same story)

Phase One: The Early Years 1958-1964

Phase One: The Early Years 1958-1964

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Same track as on Waylon Jennings at JD's (same story)

The Restless Kid: Live at JD's

The Restless Kid: Live at JD's

Girl From The North Country
It Ain't Me, Babe

2000 - CD compilation - Bear Family

single - A&M 762

single - A&M 762

I Don't Believe You

1965

Don't Think Twice: The Country Side of Waylon Jennings

Don't Think Twice: The Country Side of Waylon Jennings

Don't Think Twice (new recording 1969 - also on:  Dylan Country)
I Don't Believe You (the 1965 single)

Rave On

Rave On

I Don't Believe You (the 1965 single)

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