Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, Waylon & Willie

Andy Beta

By Andy Beta

on 06.04.11 in Reviews

Waylon & Willie

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Just having fun

The Bash Brothers of ’88, the murderous 1927 tandem of Ruth and Gehrig — those are the true peers for Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings by the mid ’70s. Even the most casual of swings was a hit, every hit froze-roped to the top of the charts and stayed there. (See Wanted: The Outlaws, a compilation album cobbled together from previously-released studio scrapple that became the first country album to go platinum). From Redheaded Stranger on through casually tossed-off affairs such as this 1978 album, Willie and Waylon are just having fun. There’s the instant classic “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” meticulous ballads like “It’s Not Supposed to be That Way” and crude yet charming fare like “I Can Get Off On You.” Almost all of Willie’s collaborations would feel as laissez-faire but not all of them are as fun a ride as this.