Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings

Lonesome, On'ry and Mean:
A Tribute to Waylon Jennings


First Appeared at The Music Box, May 2003, Volume 10, #5

Written by John Metzger


Unlike Dressed in Black (last yearís Dualtone-released tribute to Johnny Cash), Lonesome, Oníry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings contains a few surprises. For starters, Henry Rollins adds his fiery touch to the title track, sounding like Jim Morrison fronting a metal band. Elsewhere, Norah Jones turns Wurlitzer Prize (I Donít Want to Get Over You) into a charming, lounge-jazz piece, and Robert Earl Keen fits Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way with a foot-stomping, rock ínĎ roll beat. Though the rest of the album doesnít stray from Waylon Jenningsí originals, all of the performers find ways to make the songs their own. Faring best are Guy Clarkís rendition of Good Hearted Woman, Radney Fosterís interpretation of Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love), and Junior Brownís Nashville Steel, but there really isnít a dud in the bunch, making Lonesome Oníry and Mean a fitting tribute to a country legend. starstarstar Ĺ

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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