Wow. My little country music heart was sent reeling this morning when I rolled up to the track list and list of contributors for the new Waylon The Music Inside, Vol. 2 compilation due out January 24th. The thing read like my lampoon of the unfinished Hank Williams songs, but unfortunately it is all too real folks.
Included in the list of contributors is the country music Grimmace, the genre-bending country rapper Colt Ford, Justin Moore, a man I could make a serious case as being the worst country music “artist” ever, Josh Thompson, who I once took to task for name-dropping Waylon, the 4th Rascal Flatt, Texas’s King of Hair Highlights, the effeminate Pat Green, along with the dumb duo Montgomery Gentry, and Jewel. And I’m telling you, Jewel might be the best pick of the lot.
I had mixed feelings about the first volume of these tributes, but this is clearly a helpless cry for relevancy. I know the old philosophy is to try to bring in people who would not be traditional Waylon fans through other artists and covert them through his music, but the closest Colt Ford and Justin Moore fans will ever get to Waylon is snorting crushed Loritab off the back of one of his CD cases.
I am honestly just in shock right now. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. Really what this track list means is that we still have a lot of work to do folks. A lot.
Lonesome, On’ry and Mean Dierks Bentley
Waymore’s Blues Hank Williams, Jr.
Good Ol’ Boys Montgomery Gentry
I Ain’t Living Long Like This Justin Moore
Bob Wills Is Still The King Jack Ingram
Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line Colt Ford
Rainy Day Woman Pat Green
Love Of The Common People Josh Thompson
Mama Jessi Colter
Dreaming My Dreams With You Jewel