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Waylon Jennings: Honky Tonk Heroes (RCA)

Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 4 May 1974

INTEREST IN country musicians is currently running high with Charlie Rich in the charts and a whole spate of country albums being released as a consequence of the recent Wembley C and W show. The comparison with Rich is not inapposite, in fact, since both have quite magnificent voices and interesting reputations as bad asses. Jennings, however, is also something of a contrary feller, a rebel both against the antiquated traditions of Nashville and to some extent the new career planned for him as a "rock" star, so it's unfortunate, but probably unsurprising, that he's yet to break big outside the country field.

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