Tuesday, June 28, 2016

40 Year Itch : Gonna Take a Freight Train

Waylon Jennings : Can't You See

Are You Ready for the Country sounds like Waylon Jennings' attempt to crossover from his outlaw roots to something rock fans would buy. Both his Marshall Tucker Band cover, "Can't You See", and the Neil Young title track were Top 10 country hits. Graham Nash contributed background vocals to "Precious Memories" and "Old Friend" is a tribute to Buddy Holly. Jennings played with Holly on the  1959 Winter Dance Party Tour and gave up the seat on the ill fated plane that crashed into a Iowa cornfield killing Holly, Ritchie Valens and everyone else on board. Jennings killed himself the old fashioned way, by smoking six packs of cigarettes a day.

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