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The Waylon Sessions

Shannon McNally

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Collective wisdom tells us that in life, timing is everything. And that—the perfect moment in a varied career, the right amount of gravitas and nerve—seems to be the secret ingredient in the The Waylon Sessions. Asked to explain why this was the right time to make an album that simultaneously honors and amends the Waylon Jennings catalog Shannon McNally declared: "Maybe I hadn't done enough damage yet or lived enough to own that flat-footed-there's-the-door-if-you-don't-like-it kind of songs. I mean, I've always had a big personality but it wasn't that big. It wasn't West Texas big."

McNally, the smoky, Americana-focused contralto who was born on Long Island and had stints in New Orleans and Los Angeles before settling in Nashville, shrewdly built a career out of connections with the likes of Dave Alvin, Dr. John, Jim Dickinson, and Rodney Crowell. To bring out what she calls the "feminine perspective" on Waylon's rollicking, testosterone-driven roadhouse songs McNally has assembled a talented supporting cast. Produced by the singer and recorded mostly in Nashville, The Waylon Sessions, dedicated to Waylon and Billy Joe Shaver, was captured by several engineers including the great Clarke Rigsby. Tasked with blending these sessions, mix engineer Trina Shoemaker finds a successful, punchy balance between McNally's voice and the band. And what a band! Led by primo Nashville session guitarist Kenny Vaughan, it includes West Texas keyboard player Bukka Allen and ex-Waylon bandmate, harmonica/pedal steel player Fred Newell. Guests Buddy Miller and Lukas Nelson both add harmony vocals.

Chock full of can't miss Waylon's hits, McNally hews close to the tempos and arrangements of the originals in, "I've Always Been Crazy," "I'm a Ramblin' Man," and "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line." In between, her female viewpoint brings new poignance to lesser-known numbers like "Out Among the Stars" and "Waltz Me To Heaven." Billy Joe Shaver's "Black Rose," with Buddy Miller on low strung guitar, is given a suitably rousing rendition. Though McNally tries her best to bring something new to the Urban Cowboy anthem "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys," it's the album's only stumble. (With so many other better choices why try and reheat this overexposed chestnut?) That aside, several numbers still manage to stand out in this collection of highlights including a heartfelt, "We Had It All," (written by the late great Donnie Fritts) and her bravura vocal performance on Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night." It's fitting given their long friendship that the knockout punch here is a rockin' version of Crowell's "I Ain't Living Long Like This" where the songwriter steps in to sing a verse. Kudos to McNally for sensing that the time was right—in the world and her career—to make this a triumph. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
I've Always Been Crazy
00:05:10

Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Waylon Jennings, Author - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Mitchel, Author - Waylon Jennings Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

2
You Asked Me To
00:03:31

Billy Joe Shaver, Author - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Waylon Jennings, Author - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Miller, FeaturedArtist - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Universal Songs Of Polygram International (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

3
Out Among The Stars
00:03:55

Jessi Colter, FeaturedArtist - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Mitchel, Author - Little Kutta Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

4
You Show Me Yours And I'll Show You Mine
00:03:51

Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Kristofferson, Author - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Lukas Nelson, FeaturedArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Resaca Music Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

5
Black Rose
00:03:03

Billy Joe Shaver, Author - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Miller, FeaturedArtist - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), MusicPublisher - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Pat Manske, AssociatedPerformer - Lucas Nelson, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

6
This Time
00:02:33

Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Waylon Jennings, Author - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Universal Songs Of Polygram International (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

7
I Ain’t Living Long Like This
00:04:37

Rodney Crowell, Author, FeaturedArtist - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Happy Sack Productions Limited/Visa Music Division (ASCAP), administered by Travellers Hollow Music, LLC, MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

8
I'm a Ramblin' Man
00:03:32

Ray Pennington, Author - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), MusicPublisher - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

9
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
00:03:32

Patsy Bruce, Author - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Bruce, Author - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), MusicPublisher - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

10
Help Me Make It Through The Night
00:03:44

Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Kristofferson, Author - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Combine Music Corp. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

11
We Had It All
00:04:02

Troy Seals, Author - Donnie Fritts, Author - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Music, Inc. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

12
Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line (Bonus Track)
00:02:38

Ivy J. Bryant, Author - Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Beechwood Music Corporation (BMI), MusicPublisher - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

13
Waltz Me To Heaven (Bonus Track)
00:03:22

Kenny Vaughan, AssociatedPerformer - Dolly Parton, Author - Fred Newell, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Elders, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon McNally, Producer, MainArtist - Bukka Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, AssociatedPerformer - Velvet Apple Music (BMI)/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records. 2021 Blue Rose Music. Issued under license to Compass Records.

Album Description

Collective wisdom tells us that in life, timing is everything. And that—the perfect moment in a varied career, the right amount of gravitas and nerve—seems to be the secret ingredient in the The Waylon Sessions. Asked to explain why this was the right time to make an album that simultaneously honors and amends the Waylon Jennings catalog Shannon McNally declared: "Maybe I hadn't done enough damage yet or lived enough to own that flat-footed-there's-the-door-if-you-don't-like-it kind of songs. I mean, I've always had a big personality but it wasn't that big. It wasn't West Texas big."

McNally, the smoky, Americana-focused contralto who was born on Long Island and had stints in New Orleans and Los Angeles before settling in Nashville, shrewdly built a career out of connections with the likes of Dave Alvin, Dr. John, Jim Dickinson, and Rodney Crowell. To bring out what she calls the "feminine perspective" on Waylon's rollicking, testosterone-driven roadhouse songs McNally has assembled a talented supporting cast. Produced by the singer and recorded mostly in Nashville, The Waylon Sessions, dedicated to Waylon and Billy Joe Shaver, was captured by several engineers including the great Clarke Rigsby. Tasked with blending these sessions, mix engineer Trina Shoemaker finds a successful, punchy balance between McNally's voice and the band. And what a band! Led by primo Nashville session guitarist Kenny Vaughan, it includes West Texas keyboard player Bukka Allen and ex-Waylon bandmate, harmonica/pedal steel player Fred Newell. Guests Buddy Miller and Lukas Nelson both add harmony vocals.

Chock full of can't miss Waylon's hits, McNally hews close to the tempos and arrangements of the originals in, "I've Always Been Crazy," "I'm a Ramblin' Man," and "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line." In between, her female viewpoint brings new poignance to lesser-known numbers like "Out Among the Stars" and "Waltz Me To Heaven." Billy Joe Shaver's "Black Rose," with Buddy Miller on low strung guitar, is given a suitably rousing rendition. Though McNally tries her best to bring something new to the Urban Cowboy anthem "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys," it's the album's only stumble. (With so many other better choices why try and reheat this overexposed chestnut?) That aside, several numbers still manage to stand out in this collection of highlights including a heartfelt, "We Had It All," (written by the late great Donnie Fritts) and her bravura vocal performance on Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night." It's fitting given their long friendship that the knockout punch here is a rockin' version of Crowell's "I Ain't Living Long Like This" where the songwriter steps in to sing a verse. Kudos to McNally for sensing that the time was right—in the world and her career—to make this a triumph. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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