Honky Tonk Heroes is a country music album by Waylon Jennings, released in 1973 on RCA Victor. With the exception of "We Had It All", all of the songs on the album were written or co-written by Billy Joe Shaver. The album is considered an important piece in the development of the outlaw sub-genre in country music as it revived the honky tonk music of Nashville and added elements of rock and roll to it. Jennings had invited the then unknown Shaver to Nashville to write the songs for Jenning's next album after hearing him sing "Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me" before the 1972 Dripping Springs Reunion. When Shaver arrived in Nashville, he spent six months pursuing Jennings before again convincing him to make an album of his songs. Jennings had recently renegotiated his contract with RCA Records. The label granted him creative control over his work to avoid losing him to Atlantic Records. As his usual producer, Chet Atkins, was reluctant to release a record consisting of songs written by an unknown songwriter, Jennings replaced him with Tompall Glaser. Jennings replaced the Nashville session musicians with his own band, The Waylors. The executives of RCA Records were reluctant to release the album, and delayed it until July 1973. Honky Tonk Heroes had a good reception by the critics on release. It reached number 14 in Billboard's Top Country albums chart. The singles "You Asked Me To" and "We Had It All" did well, reaching number 8 and 28, respectively. The album was listed in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Wikipedia
Well, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I still really hate that whimpering steel guitar sound with a deep and abiding passion and the lyrical content of most of these songs absolutely do not connect with me. But not all of them. There are some solid tracks here. Enough to give it a middling grade from me, at least.
This is what country is about. Waylon takes pain and hope and love and blends it all together in a great album. He’s definitely a pillar of country for a reason.
My 16 year old self would've wanted to punch me for saying this, but I actually really liked a Country album. Didn't overstay its welcome and after a stressful day of work, felt soothing. Had some great acoustic guitar and bass to accompany the outlaw imagery. Would say Omaha was the best of the bunch.
First album generated that I gave more than one listen for the day. Shaver writing for Waylon. Awesome.
I loved it. It took me back to my childhood when I worked for my dads drywall company in hill yard (an area of spokane) and would go get lunch across the street and they played country music with slide steel guitars
one of my favorite all time country albums. The birth of Outlaw country and by far Waylons best work (only album you really need by him imo). I always thought Willie Nelson was the better of the 2 but that this album may have been the best between them all. The tone, the lyrics, the non twang-y country and his deep voice all just took Country in the best direction it's ever been taken, mixed with blues and rockabilly
This was actually pretty cool! Really liked the first song and seems like some funny/cool old country to have in your lexicon.
Waylon gets in, handles his business, and gets out. Great lyrics (no, really, some true classics in here) and slick early-70s production make this a good time to listen to.
Not a huge country fan, but don't mind this kind of "classic country". Songwriting is great and production is clean. Would have liked the songs to open up a bit more and have time for longer solos and more jamming, but I guess that wasn't the style.
Pretty good listen, but it's short and forgettable. Favorite track might be Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me
An underrated classic artist. Need to remember Waylon more!
Take me back to Nashvillle right now. Lush with the kind of pathos and grit that all of favourite country music shows. Real characters in profound circumstances. Pure songwriting magic.
Surprisingly really enjoyable. Old country is so much better than new country damn
I'm finally able to appreciate classic country.
I love Waylon. He practically created a genre. This album has many wonderful songs and is a perfect example of outlaw country.
Really great album
Bro deze gaat in de country rotation 5/5 bruuur yeeha
This makes me want to go down to Nashville and party. :)
This album is so great. Waylon pioneers country music in this album, and the vocal and instrumental performances are amazing. The songwriting is great and has tons of catchy stuff, and I will likely listen to this album several more times.
Tykkäsin yllättävän paljon tästä kantrilevystä. Biisit oli tarttuvia, mutta ei mielestäni kuitenkaan liian renkutusta. Ja tunnelmallisesti pääsi hienosti kuvitelmien Route 66:lle rekan rattiin.
This is my first country album and it's actually really good!
Tough, gruff, but real lyrics.
As far as I'm concerned, this is what Country music is and should be. One of those albums that are historically important (laying the groundwork for all the Outlaw Country albums to come), but also just good fun to listen to.
So I pretty much much hate all mainstream country from 1980 to now, it's absolute shit music. However I do love 70's outlaw country and I really love Waylon. This is one my favorite Waylon albums, a few of the slow numbers I don't particularly care for but Black Rose might be one of my favorite country tunes of all time, I love cranking that one. Given this might be the only Waylon album on the list I'm going 5 stars, more for Waylon than the album per se.
The genesis of outlaw country. Just incredible. Best track: Honky Tonk Heroes
Wonderful. I have very little knowledge of country music. And this is an awesome entry point.
i get what orville peck was talking about
ótimo áulbom de country roots!
Pretty good old country!
Very nice, old school country. I learned what outlaw country music is from reading Waylon's bio.
I actually rather enjoyed this and listened to it several times. I tend to gravitate towards the "outlaw" stuff from the 70s when it comes to country. Like Willie and Waylon.
Fun country-western. Omaha was a standout!
Tego sie nie spodziewalem, albumik country, a dokladnie outlawowego country z roku 73 na takiej liscie, szok i niedowierzanie, bo przeciez w tamtych czasach moda na disko funk, a kowboje juz dawno umarly, ale jednak nie wszedzie, bo ta plyta pokazuje , ze gatunki muzyczne, nawet tak niszowe, jak rozbojnickie granie wioskowe nie gina tak latwo, a moga sie nawet dobrze sprzedac, jesli sa zrobione na poziomie, a tutaj ten poziom jest widoczny od pierwszego do ostatniego traka, pan Jennings pod ktorego beltem jest ten material znalazl zloty srodek miedzy cechami klasycznych kawalkow countrowych, a bardziej przystepnym graniem w stylu rokowym, bo pomimo tego ze traki sa jak przystalo na ten gatunek raczej krotkimi kompozycjami, to instrumentalnie dzieje sie na nich duzo, do tego stopnia, ze niektore piosenki musialem sluchac po kilka razy, skupiajac sie na konkretnym kanale, bo jak na klasyka przystalo cechy mono nagran mocno sie przebijaja, wiec na lewym kanale akustyk jest szarpany, a na prawym odpowiada mu elektryk, kazdy trak ma chyba innego basiste, albo przynajmniej wykorzystuje inne typy gitar, bo ciezko znalezc identyczne brzmienia, tak samo z harpami, bo doslownie jakby kilka osob bylo tylko od tego, do tego smyczki, czy to wiolonczelii, badz skrzypcow pojawiaja sie w wiekszej liczbie niz jeden, moja teorie potwierdza sklad muzykow ktorzy brali udzial w nagrywaniu plyty, bo lista zawiera blisko 20 nazwisk, taka roznorodnosc wsrod grajacych przeklada sie na to, ze zaden trak nie brzmi tak samo, a to przeciez country, najnudniejszy instrumentalnie gatunek, o ile Jennings jest mastermindem tych kompozycji, to jednak nie spiewa on swoich kawalkow, bo wszystkie piosenki, poza we had it all, zdecydowanie najslabszej czesci plyty, szczesliwie to ostatni trak, jest mister Billy Joe Shaver, po ktorego zguglowaniu okazal sie tych archetypem wspolczesnego, jak na lata 70, kowboja, ktory scigal Jenningsa na drugi koniec stanow zeby ten zrobil material z jego tekstami i dopial swego, cale szczescie, bo o ile granie i kompozycja instrumentalna jest godna pochwaly, to jak dla mnie najbardziej te plyte robia wlasnie teksty, ktore tak plynnie oddaja ducha utraconego juz swiata tytulowych honky tonkowych herosow, czyli ludzi zyjacych z dnia na dzien i umierajacych z dnia na dzien, bez grosza przy duszy, ktorych najwiekszym zmartwieniem jest co dzisiaj zjesc, wiec opowiesci o kowbojach biedakach i pieknych kobietach, wielkich wygranych barowych kontestow, tanich alkoholach, prawie i jego strozach, milosci do swojej malej ojczyzny, a jednoczesnym umilowaniu wolnosci nieograniczonej zadnymi granicami, jesli w 73 byly to juz motywy na wymarciu, to obecnie sa one skamielinami, moze wlasnie dlatego tak dobrze sie tego slucha, na plejke z pewnoscia leci tytulowy trak, dodatkowo aint no god in mexico i willy the wandering gypsy and me, ale material 27 minutowy, wiec idealny na krotka sesje na raz
Buen disco, la voz impresionante, me faltaria un poco más presencia de la banda en algunos momentos. Me gustaria pegarle más escuchas para saborearlo bien.
I liked it.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Works well with enjoyable rhythm and smooth lyrics
Surprising great album, even if it's not my usual jam.
Very listenable and just the right amount of country + rock'n'roll. I only really knew him from "Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys", so this was a bit of a pleasant revelation.
Usually not my cup of tea, I found this country album quite enjoyable.
One of the outlaws making classic country sounds. It’s easy to see how he made a difference in the genre.
Quality old country album
I love me some Waylon Jennings.
Country I can get around. Old Five and and Dimers, Black Rose and Slow Rollin' Low are my highlights. Dudes lived an interesting life, shared a house with Johnny Cash and gave up his seat on the flight that killed Buddy Holly.
Pretty good lawn cuttin music
Enjoyed this very short album
The first song was a banger. I liked this far more than I expected to.
Country ass music
Beep! Beep! There's a band named Cracker that was big in the 90's. Also, in the 90's I was once called honky - "What's up honky?!" ... and again, in the 90's... Archers of Loaf had an album called "White Trash Heroes," (the last song on that album by the same name is great). This album, "Honky Tonk Heroes" came out in the 70s. Evidently things had changed in the 20 years since Waylon Jennings had released this so I had to get to the bottom of what Honky Tonk was and I did a Wikipedia search. Evidently, there's a difference between country music and another similar style of music called Honky Tonk, whereas Country music was mostly from the rural south and had a religious slant to it whereas Honky Tonk was the style of music played by rural southerners who've moved to the city and discovered all of it's ills, which makes sense since WJ and Johnny Cash were known to do some pretty awesome drugs together. Oh! The album. As soon as I found out that this eschews any religious slant, it freed me up to listen to this with an open mind and guess what... ? I liked this way more than I thought I would. I especially liked that it was only 32 mins. I liked the pace of it. I liked the slide guitar and I liked his voice.
Oof this is hard. I love a classic honkey tonk album, and this is certainly one. But is this the best? A true five star? Another four star ratIng—but I suspect this could have been a five star if I had grown up with it.
I never got into country music until the last few years. Outlaw Country is the latest discovery for me and you can't have Outlaw without Waylon. Billy Joe Shaver's addition to the lineup helps turn this album into a fun romp. 4/5.
Track 01 - 4.25/5 Track 02 - 3/5 Track 03 - 2.75/5 Track 04 - 3.5/5 Track 05 - 3.75/5 Track 06 - 3.5/5 Track 07 - 3/5 Track 08 - 3.25/5 Track 09 - 3.25/5 Track 10 - 2.75/5 Track 11 - 3.25/5 Track 12 - 3/5 Overall: 3.75/5 Album Art: 3.5/5
I love Waylon. He's one of the absolute beet country musicians to walk the earth in my book. I want to give this a perfect score but I can't. I just think he has better albums than this. It's still really good though. It's just a shame that there's not much (mainstream) country that sounds even close to as good as this anymore.
Muy agradable outlaw country, con una voz interesante porque no se pasa de pulida, pero tampoco es una rasposidad total. Excelentes riffs de guitarra y muy buen bajo. Es de esas cosas que estando en onda country pondría con gusto.
Este álbum se me hizo muy interesante, ya que me parece muy icónico del country. No parece que tenga 50 años desde que se creó. También me llama mucho la atención la época en la que fue grabado; usualmente asociada al rock y al disco. Aunque tiene influencias de rock, es un rock mucho más clásico, como del tiempo de Elvis Presley.
Disclosure: Soft spot in the heart for classic country, and in particular for Waylon Jennings and his contemporaries. The stark contrast of that era of Country versus the pop version of it we have today sort of lends to thinking of the latter as not being Country at all. Granted, the argument can be made that Country changes as the country changes, but in this context when "country" changes it is no longer "country", and the music demonstrates that. Nostalgia is okay here, styles go in and out, it is a part of life. This album checks off the list containing that mix of folksy and bluesy, something created out in a small country town vs. the big city studio (although it could have been) and that is a good thing.
Liked this way more than I thought I would.
I feel pretty nostalgic for this kind of music. My grandfather used to listen to Waylon. I've spent many an afternoon eating porkchops and listening to Waylon with him. He used to talk about the days of Running white lightning and shooting shit up. Different Life man. And these albums bring me back to that part of my childhood. While also helping me second hand experience some Whiskey fueled nights of Gooning around the mountains.
This album is fantastic. Every time I hear a new Waylon album, the more I like him.
Not into country music myself but i find this a very enjoyable album I hope i find more like this one.
good. I can see how this got the ball rolling on outlaw country for sure. that last song really hit
Heerlijke honky tonk gedoe, super lekker
4/5 deffo liked them quite a bit
I really enjoy the storytelling on this, even though it gets mildy repetitive at times.
Agréablement surpris, s'écoute beaucoup mieux que ce que j'anticipais. Ce genre de son country est beaucoup plus à mon goût que la majorité de ce qui est largement populaire.
Good ole Waylon
Jako simpa album. Pogotovo mi se svidila black rose i we had it all. Isto tako obožavam izraz honky tonk.
Not really knowing anything about C&W or aware of the different styles (Country or Honky-Tonk) and approaches (Outlaw or Nashville) this stands well on it's own without needing anything else. It's obviously not 'poppy' like say Kenny Rogers and Tammy Wynette and sounds more like a smokey bar whisky saloon version. It also sounds very 70's in a nostalgic good way.......but as I listened and then relistened the different tracks started to separate. Some tracks are out and out Country with a twangy guitar but also some tracks that are closer to Irish Folk (Willy & me) I think which is suprising since most were written by one guy (Billy Joe Shaver). What I'm saying is there's a fair bit of variety which makes it easy to listen to. Not bad.
Shout out to weird voices. really enjoyed this.
I actually enjoyed that a lot more than I thought I would I guess the execution was a lot better than most country I’ve heard 8/10
Massa o countryzinho
Credit where due. Simple tunes, quick album, lots of talent. Why do they fade out on guitar solos?
4 stars easy. we got fast songs, we got slow songs. we got sad songs. we got fun songs.
That was brilliant fun. A whole load of honkey and a big bunch of tonkey. Mates with Johnny Cash, apparently, and you can hear that. Cracking production.
Oh hell yeah we gettin real country in this bitch. Cant say this is my genre at all but this shit bangs. Every song just sounds so poweful and heavy even when theres some parts where theres barely any noise. This absolutely doms mostly all current country music 7/10
Now this is country music. I say I’m not a fan of country, but sometimes I am. This is an example of what I like. Stripped down, heartfelt, expert musicianship.
Good old Waylon! Ik vind dit altijd lekker, wat een held
Consistently enjoyable tunes. A very pleasant listen.
I did not mind this; I might even have liked it. Every time I listened to it I was amazed at how quickly the album was over. Good news I think that there's no filler and no pained, overdone material. I liked Jennings vocals - a style somewhere between Cash and Presley. And he had some good beats to tap along to, as well as a nice mixture of old fashioned country and almost southern rock. Favorites - Honky Tonk Heroes, Willy the Wandering Gypsy, Omaha, You Ask Me To, Black Rose, and even that softy We Had It All. Yep, outlaw country is alright - far better than that country pop of today.
Short, pretty uniform throughout. Good example of the "outlaw country" that Waylon helped popularize. It's fine, I just don't have any strong feelings about it. Favorite tracks: "Omaha", "Ain't No God in Mexico"
This is pleasant enough country music. Wish it had a bit more propulsion and a little less schmaltzy 70s production, but it's fine.
A surprisingly nice listen. I am not a lover of country, at all, I find most of it quite torturous. However, this is relaxing and pleasant. It sounds amiable, comfortable, like I've always known it and it's a friend.
Fav Song: Honky Tonk Heroes
This is right at the end of that period when country for really bad. I can tolerate the rockabilly country. Today's country is just gross.
Not bad actually. Definitely not something I'd throw on, but right venue, right place... it could be grand. Apparently this is Outlaw Country.
Classic country sound from Waylon but not one of his best collections
Yeah. Kinda nice
Great country sound nothing really that special
Not my kind of music, but this was bearable.
Solid album, I enjoyed it.
Classic, new to me country.
Bluesy vibes, not great, but enjoyable for a bit
Perfectly fine - easy listening
Tuesday album Haiku review: Songs of heartland soul ### Country outlaw troubadour ### Melancholy wail ###
Good honky tonk country music
OK country and western album. Some really good songs, but not a groundbreaking album in my view.
Niet al te opvallend album, wat standaard cowboy-muziek
Really enjoyed it - secret passion is a bit of country
country? but it made it interesting
Did a little background reading to get a better context for the album. Apparently Waylon was once Buddy Holly's bass player! I digress. I can appreciate the feel and attitude of this record. Origins of outlaw country, indeed, but I think I still prefer the cosmic American music of Gram Parsons and his crew from this era. Also, "We Had It All" kinda sucks. P.S. That's a particularly premature fadeout on "Lowdown Freedom," eh? Favourite track: "You Ask Me To"
Um álbum agradável, com uma vibe redneck por vezes e semelhante a Elvis por outras. As músicas são muito agradáveis é daqueles álbuns que metes e ninguém muda, mas dizer que é muito bom, também não consigo. Voltar a ouvir no futuro. Nota: 6/10 Nota:
Not a big fan of Outlaw country. This album is fine but no real standouts to me. This album appears to have made the list more for what it represents than the music itself. As Nick noted bring on GP.
Would go to a Waylon Jennings themed party.
Not a country Fan.
seemed like "typical" country, but I don't listen to too much country to say that.
Real country here!
not bad, bit more bouncy country style, listed to this while cooking
rustig, leuk, niet zo speciaal. Wel leuk om zo eens old school country te hebben, ga het misschien nog wel luisteren.
Country and western folk
I have heard a few tracks from Jennings, but I'm most familiar with his later career - "Willie, Waylon and the boys" - and that only in passing. All of the tracks on Honky Tonk Heroes were new to me. I enjoyed hearing a whole album, and I liked the music. The simple, but prominant, basslines were distracting sometimes. "You Asked Me To" and "Ain't No God in Mexico" grabbed my attention the most. This album is right on the edge between 3 and 4 stars. Perhaps Jennings' performance is enough reason to round up? --- it's 3.5 stars people, three-and-a-half.
Fuck you, I love this.
Un album bien normal, sans punch malheureusement . 3*
Short and sweet outlaw country.
Easy enough to have on in the background. Waylon has a good voice. There are a couple boring numbers such as Ride Me Down Easy and We Had It All.
The Wailin Jennys are terrific. Amazing harmonies driving some good bluegrass music. And all-star pun makers. (None of them are named Jenny.) In the spirit of the Wailin Jennys, here are some other groan-tastic country music puns and jokes: When I play country music for my chickens they start to sway and circle the coup to the music... It's poultry in motion! Technically, national anthems are just country music. Which Country Music Singer's name do you say when you're moving furniture past someone? Dolly Pardon. I asked what my sister was listening to, she says "LeAnn Rimes" and I says "with what?" If Keith Urban loves country music so much ... Why doesn't he change his name to Keith Rural?
Interesting to read about, preferable to overproduced country rock, but still not all that compelling to me. Worked fine in the background like bar music.
I liked this! Have to be in the right mood for this kind of shit-kickin' country, and I suppose I was. The whole thing sounded pretty clear and fantastic coming through my fancy speakers. It's not the kind of James-Brown-good that I'm going to quickly listen to it again, but I definitely would. And after yesterday's ambient lull-fest it was nice to feel like I had a beer in my hand, even though I didn't. Or did I????
I don't really love any of these songs, but I do like this strain of short, pithy country road house songs. They have sort of a bad pun or just a juxtaposition of words in the title, super simple, maybe some good guitar licks. I don't know - I like it.
3.5, some good ol' country-ish music. The first track was a little more "zany" than I expected, then settled into the more outlaw country sound.
Easy to listen to while working
Muy bueno. Agradable y pegajoso 3.5
Today I learned about outlaw country: a sub-genre in country music belonging to a group of artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson who eschewed the conservative, commercial leanings of the "Nashville Sound" and forged their own trail. Smoking dope, bringing hope, scratching off the sheen they felt was stagnating country music at the time. I got a kick out of reading it, and felt more on Jennings' side on account of him not being a total puritanical bible-basher (as is the 1970's country music stereotype). There are some good melodies in here, and musically it's pleasingly rough-around-the-edges. The switch that turns "Honky Tonk Heroes" from lilting acoustic swing to a driving country-rock number is a great moment. Elsewhere, "Omaha" is a proper sing-along, while "You Ask Me To" and "Black Rose" are other highlights- it was the up-tempo material which stood out to me the most. However, reading the backstory of outlaw country did lead me to expect something a bit more... exciting? "We Had It All" is lovely but still feels about as syrupy a country ballad as can be- the cloying strings don't help. A lot of the lyrics don't feel particularly inspired either, retreading over the same themes over the track list. Nonetheless, I appreciate Jennings for getting everything off his chest and closing the album after a brisk 27 minutes to prevent things becoming too repetitive. It may not be enough to make me a total convert, but is it the best country album I've had on the list so far? Too darn right.
Empieza muy bien. La primera vuelta fue en el carro y me mató de aburrimiento. La segunda vuelta fue sentado trabajando y mejoró considerablemente. Las canciones más movidas son muy buenas aunque las muy muy lentas más country-sufridas no fueron tanto de mi agrado. 3.5 estrellas que bajan 3 por el sabor que me dejó la primera vuelta. Songs: Low Down Freedom, Omaha, Slow Rollin' Low
You're so right Waylon, those Mexican's definitely don't know who god is
Never been big on Country but if there’s any I enjoy, it’s the older classics. That and the newish hick hop genre. Love how the title track kicks up the beat a minute and a half into the song, definitely got me bopping in my seat. I always appreciate a good harmonica solo. And who can’t relate to…’them lovable losers and no account boozers’. Old Five and Dimers is a classic slow country song where you can cry into your beer to…‘Good luck and fast bucks are too far and too few between’ for me too. Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me doesn’t pick up the pace too much but 3 songs in and I’m starting to thirst for a drink…’Three fingers whiskey pleasures the drinker’…SURE DOES! I could see adding Low Down Freedom to a play list. Nothing against Omaha and You Asked Me To; simple, straight forward little ditties. Ride Me Down Easy…OK, too much of this is getting to me, only 2 more songs to go. Whew, Ain’t No God In Mexico and Black Rose brings it back up and probably my favorites of the album. Respect for Waylon and a handful of songs makes this a solid 3.
Well here's an artist I've been meaning to check out more thoroughly for ages. Based on the first couple songs I can say that since I like Johnny Cash so much there's no excuse for not liking Waylon Jennings. Amazing voice. But the music is a tad slow and the twang slightly too much, I like him best when he sounds more like Elvis. This album at least is missing some of the edge and attitude of Johnny Cash.
Bare bones Waylon, and it's strong. There are some gestures to what sounds like church music with the organ, some rather silly but pleasantly country soundscapes. Mostly it's the guitar and voice, waiting to seep in.
Not usually a super fan of country music, but this one was pretty enjoyable. I wouldn't change it if it came on but probably wouldn't seek it out either.
Ok album quite enjoyable but not the sort of music I listen too
solid 3 album. some good old outlaw country
Decent album. I am typically a fan of the Outlaw Country sound but didn't love this one as much as others I have listened to. 3/5
honk tonk e tals
Voto de protesto pelo fim das recomendações de country
Jennings was a guy I didn't catch in the past. The marketing went a bit too cowboy for my taste, and he didn't get that late-career renaissance that Johnny Cash got. I liked this.
Few great tracks and overall pretty listenable
Omaha sounds like it could be Michael Nesmith - it gets an extra star just for that
Country. Ni fu ni fa.
znači ja sam zaštitar u trafostanici, nigdje nikoga, 8 sati radno vrijeme, ovaj album svira na radiu. život je lijep i lagan. ★★★½, nešta malo fali za četvorku, ali volim ovakav country.
Country despullat i sense grans himnes, és curiosament un disc d'escolta fàcil. Un dels precursors de l'outlaw country, el disc deixa entreveure la formació de Jennings al rock, i no és només per entusiastes del génere
I liked this, although the lyrical range struck me as pretty limited. Musically solidly in its lane and well played but nothing that really reached out and grabbed me.
Not a big country fan, but this type of country I can appreciate. Just feels more authentic to me. 3 stars.
Good old fashioned outlaw köntrí. Já já, alveg hægt að hlusta á þetta.
a bunch of easy listening songs that are like Johnny Cash, but worse on average
Not too bad. Pleasant to play in the background while you're doing something else. Honky Tonk Heroes and You Ask Me To were especially catchy tunes.
That was some fun outlaw country. Not that I’ve ever listened to any, but it makes me think I should listen to this music of my birthland… Bakersfield, California.
Waylon Jennings is famous for pushing outlaw country against the popular Nashville sound. These songs are slower, more personal, and reminiscent of 50s and early 60s songs (Elvis comes to mind). And here I thought Willie Nelson sung about actual old Western outlaws. It's good shit. For country, it's good. Lyrics and production are great. I sorta like the country instrumental, but it's not as interesting as folk musicians from the era. I noticed some rock influences like "Black Rose." I like that it's short, and I didn't care for most of the songs, but I noticed I enjoyed them all at least slightly. 2 stars for personal enjoyment, but 3 for the merit I see. Favorites: Honky Tonk Heroes, Omaha, Ride Me Down Easy, Ain't No God in Mexico, Black Rose
Fun, calming and even quite a romantic album. I’m a sucker for nostalgia
Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 10.
Pretty good country album.
The title track, "Honky Tonk Heroes", was pretty solid. I found the lyrics playful and interesting, along with the music. However, after that track, the album went downhill for me. I found a lot of tracks to be forgettable, with the exception of "Ride Me Down Easy", "Black Rose", and "We Had it All". The latter track was my favorite on the album and a wonderful closer. However, the majority of the album doesn't impress me.
Country blues? Well it’s a record that elevates both but not going to be a go to record for me for sure.
Nice easy listening. Fallout New Vegas music but in a good way.
Also cool yeah
I found this to be fine. I'm not a huge country music fan, and this didnt't change my mind, but I wouldn't mind listening to it again, either.
It was fine.
Hoe ouderwets het ook klonk, ik vond dit best relaxed en aangenaam
Laid back, enjoyable listen. Classic Outlaw country album. I'll take this over what currently passes for country any day. Fave Songs: You Ask Me To, Honky Tonk Heroes, Omaha, We Had It All
I wonder how often this album gets compared with Metallica? It has the opposite problem the And Justice For All album that we listened to a few days ago. The bass is too loud and usually doesn't do anything outside of country standards to justify that sort of sonic priority. To someone with a strongly anti-country bias from my youth, the prominence of the bass just makes every song sound like every other country song. I listened through it a second time with this in mind, trying intentionally to listen to all the non-bass parts, and it was pretty ok. Some good guitar, violin, harmonica, and so forth. The vocals are great, offset by the lyrics obviously intended to invoke a culture I know nothing about it. The last two songs are the best, possibly because they avoid the typical country bass tropes.
Not really my thing but good for what it is.
Classic country juke box
Appreciated more than the Lucinda Williams country-adjacent album. I always find myself just trying to push through and not intently listening to country (however loose)
70’er country, flydende, harmonisk, lidt kedeligt
Olis toivonut vähän enemmän honky tonkyä. Levynä aika pliisu vaikka parhaat biisit soi ihan hyvin.
I'm not a fan of honky tonk music. can't really appreciate it.
I listened to this twice and both times when I got to the end I was like, what even happened? It was pretty blah for me, which disappointed me because I usually like Waylon Jennings quite a bit, or at least I thought I did...
Country isn't for me but I can appreciate Waylon and his part in country music history.
I'm sure this is a great example of what it is, but it's just not for me
I liked this more than I thought I would. Bit samey by the end but it is short enough that it doesn't matter.
I don't really 'get' country, I seem to exclusively only like Johnny Cash. This was alright, I didn't like it but didn't actively dislike it either. Mercifully short at 27 minutes. I'm writing this 5 minutes after the album has finished and with the exception of We Had It All I have already forgotten the songs.
Picturing myself in an American bar with you all I could happily listen to this in the background of our ramble. I wouldn't choose to put it on but also wouldn't complain if somebody else had. Prefer the uptempo tunes with this genre not a fan of the slower Cash style. 2* but by no means bad.
Non amo il country
Warm vocals and tough lyrics here from "outlaw" Waylon Jennings. I guess outlaw country isn't an attitude, but a sound, because I've heard country acts going back to the 40s cosplay as outlaws. But I digress, it's a good listen, but the negatives kind of outweighted the positives. Rating: 2.5/5
not for me
Nothing wrong with this but it wasn’t my cup of tea.
I am not a country-music fan, and Waylon Jennings does not do enough different on Honky Tonk Heroes to change my opinion. Almost every song sounds the same, it's either too sweet or too sad, definitely not for me. 2/5.
I listened to this while playing cod. V nice. // Favs: bro I was playing cod I didn't pay attention Score: Decent to Strong 2
I don't hate it man, I love country but 10 songs of this is too much even for me. I like the twang, but I ain't like it so much. 2/5 man, can't rate it 1 because a few songs on this, if they came on The Wire I'd be absolutely obsessed with.
Straightforward classic country. Not my style but well done for what it is.
Less exciting than I expected.
Is it possible to believe in a country song in a country album be more country than the most country song in a country world ruled by countrymen and countrywomen with country childrens singing country songs in a country album? Yes, it's possible!
I feel like I was misled by the title of this album. I hoped it would be some nice old school jazz, but it's actually country... It *is* more jazzy than some of the other country I've had so far, but only for a couple of tracks. It also has some rock influences by the sounds of stuff, but comes back to the classic common themes like trucking and dumping/returning to women. Just not my jam I guess.
Not my favorite, too much country.
Low Down Freedom is a great song. I didn’t love the album though.