Waylon’s Eldest Son to Release Memoir, “Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad”
For those that can’t get enough Waylon, they’ll get a healthy dose from a brand new perspective on April 19th when Waylon’s eldest son, Terry Jennings, releases a new book entitled Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad. The 272-page memoir will be released by Hachette Books, and was written with help from author David Thomas.
Waylon Jennings was just 19-years-ol when Terry was born, and by the age of 15, Terry had dropped out of school and was a regular roadie working for his father. During that time, Terry not only got to witness the rise of his father to the status of a country legend and a Hall of Famer, but he got to see performers like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon’s final wife Jessi Colter do the same. Though the years, Terry became less like a son, and more like a brother to Waylon, later taking over management duties and becoming one of Waylon’s closest confidants.
Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad is said to take an unfiltered look at the hard partying lifestyle centered around country music at the time, telling never-before-heard stories and debunking myths about Waylon, while also talking about the “unlikely but devoted family man” and how Waylon overcame his demons. The books is said to be “strikingly honest” about its portrayal of Waylon’s life.
Terry Jennings currently lives near Waco, and is the CEO and founder of Korban Music Group LLC, a music management and publishing company. He’s also worked as a talent scout for RCA, and in other capacities in the music industry over the years. Though there’s other accounts of Waylon’s life out there, Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad will take a unique perspective being told from the eyes of Waylon’s son.
Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton have also lent testimonials to the effort.
“Waylon Jennings and I first met in the mid ’60s backstage at JD’s in Phoenix. We would go on to record duets, write songs, cut records and tour together for over three decades. We had our differences, but our friendship always endured. I considered Waylon one of my best friends. Packed with funny, insightful tales of life on the road, this book is a terrific tribute, from a son to his father. A father who happens to be one of Texas and Nashville’s greatest musicians. Every country music fan, Outlaw or otherwise, should have it on their shelf.””•Willie Nelson
“I’m so excited about Terry’s new book. Waylon Jennings has always been one of my favorite singers of all time. I loved his voice. He was completely different from anybody else. And I always wanted to either do a whole album with him or at least a duet song; but I never got the chance. That will always be one of my great regrets. Waylon was a wonderful human being as well. He reminded me very much of my own people in his tenderness, kindness, his understanding and his personality. I think of him often.””•Dolly Parton
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February 27, 2016 @ 11:45 am
OMG I CAN’T WAIT! CAN IT BE APRIL 19th ALREADY! *looms at calendar* NOOOOOO ITS STILL FEB 27th!
February 27, 2016 @ 12:11 pm
I think Terry will do well with this. He had told me a few great tales from the road back when we used to associate and I sure hope he included the ones with Ralph Mooney in his book. Congratulations Terry and Deb wish you all the best.
February 27, 2016 @ 2:08 pm
Just finishing up Waylon’s biography, which I really enjoyed. He was definitely a hard-charger but also seemed to be a really good-hearted guy. This books sounds like it will be another good read.
February 27, 2016 @ 3:44 pm
I will be preordering this just as the upcoming possum bio trigger wrote about a week or two ago good looking out as always trig
February 27, 2016 @ 5:40 pm
Always loved Waylon, can’t wait till this comes out!
February 28, 2016 @ 7:48 am
My friend’s band was an opener back in the 70’s or 80’s here in PA. Said Waylon was so loaded he needed 2 guys to help him from the bus to the stage and drape his Tele on him. But when he stepped up to the mic he gave a flawless performance. Made it to the wings after, where he collapsed into the arms of his handlers who helped him back to the bus and vroom! off they went. My buddy’s comment: Total Pro!
February 28, 2016 @ 9:59 am
Rusty. Your buddy is lying. Waylon never drank or took any downers that would leave him like that.
February 28, 2016 @ 11:15 am
I remember now reading in his autobiography that he only took uppers right? Gah I didn’t think too much of the validality of the comment until I read the above post and thought of it.
I need to be better at this lol, I read the book and parts of it more than one time so yeah lol.
February 29, 2016 @ 11:04 am
I don’t know about the downers, but Waylon drank plenty in those days.
February 29, 2016 @ 9:17 am
I shall confront the guy who told me the Waylon story. If I have to gun him down for lying, I will. Maybe he mistook a performer with a sprained ankle or the flu or whatever for being wasted?
February 29, 2016 @ 2:14 pm
I was kinda thinking that too like maybe your friend mistook someone else for Waylon something
(Also semi off topic, totally named my player in Pokemon Yellow after Waylon lol)
March 7, 2016 @ 11:52 am
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April 29, 2016 @ 3:01 am
HOSS! JUST HOSS!