Download Waylon Jenning's Outlaw Shit

Waylon's voice trembles with regret as he recalls the coked-up caricature he slipped into during the late 1970s, the renegade singer who stays outside the law with a crippling drug habit rather than a bandit's pistol. Strings and spooky sound effects will piss off purists but it works for me. To download an MP3 of "Outlaw Shit" visit our pal Autopsy IV over at Ninebullets.net.


"Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" (live), Waylon Jennings


A gifted, deep-voiced singer, razor-sharp songwriter and expert interpreter, Waylon Jennings reigned supreme in the 1970s as country music's top outlaw. Like Toby Keith but infinitely cooler and more talented, Jennings churned out about a half-dozen awesome albums that ran from 1973's Lonesome, On'ry and Mean to 1978's I've Always Been Crazy. Crazy includes the hit "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand," Jennings' candid retelling of his infamous cocaine bust from the year before.

It would take Jennings until the mid-1980s to get off blow and then his health or reputation never fully recovered the way, say, Johnny Cash's did, before diabetes buried Jennings in early 2002. The only thing of importance to surface in the years since Jennings' death is the recently released Waylon Forever, an EP featuring Pops backed by son Shooter Jennings. Key track? A chilling remake of "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" dubbed "Outlaw Shit."

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