Songwriter Danny O’Keefe played the Sisters Folk Festival last month. He noted from the stage that his favorite version of his classic song “Goodtime Charlie’s Got The Blues” was done by Waylon Jennings (on 1972’s “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean”).
As regular readers know, Waylon is the hub of my musical wheel. A hero. At this year’s festival I got to talk to several people who worked with Waylon. Beth Nielsen Chapman wrote “Old Church Hymns and Nursery Rhymes,” which is the “Waylon song” I picked up my guitar and played (through tears) when I heard that he’d died. I was glad to get to tell her that.
Gretchen Peters played here with her husband Barry Walsh, who tickled the ivories with The Waylors for years.
Lots of cool Waylon stories. But O’Keefe said the one thing that will stick with me. I think it’s the best damn epitaph a man could have:
“The thing people need to understand about Waylon,” Danny said, “He took no shit — but he was a very kind man.”
Now that’s a rep to aspire to.