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Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)

February 7, 2020

[Album 721/1001]

Did you ever hear the sophomore album by The Refreshments, The Bottle & Fresh Horses?

Though it was one of my favourite albums during high school, it had one song that I didn’t care for too much: the slow-paced, saloon-waltz, Horses.

At the time, I was willing to endure it, as it fit with their whole outlaw/bandito motif (and my personal favourite track, Broken Record, was up next, so it was sort of like having dinner before dessert).

These days however, I’m happier to loiter in the saloon atmosphere.

The bulk of the songs on Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes certainly fit that vibe.

And many of them don’t appear to be in a hurry to go anywhere too quickly.



Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me is probably the best example of a tune that:

a) as a high school student, I would have had little to no use for


b) as a high school teacher, is right up my street (or trail or equivalent route leading into a saloon, I don’t know, I’m still relatively new to Honky Tonk idioms)

The track is like a mashup of The Pogues’ And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda & the aforementioned Horses.

Combine the meandering bassline & the vivid storytelling with the almost tangible taste of whiskey…and these days, that sounds like a pretty good track to me.


Verbalize the Positive

Love those Refreshments albums!


From → 1970s

  1. I’ll admit that I haven’t heard half of Waylon Jennings’ stuff, but I like pretty much everything I’ve heard. He was a helluva songwriter… and such a great voice. This one is on my list… and I’ll get to it!

  2. Waylon…when Country was Country!!

  3. I hadn’t realized that Jennings had died almost twenty years ago.

    It was he who gave up his seat on the plane which crashed, killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. (Jennings was Holly’s bass player at the time.)

  4. Waylon and I go way back to the Dukes of Hazzard days.

  5. I like the student/teacher divide – that is exactly as it should be.

    • Though surprisingly, country music (new country, mind you) is big among students in my high school – that was definitely not the case for me as a student!

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