This article is provided in whole by Author: Terry Jennings and submitted by Sheri Lynn to Randy Lockhart (editor-in-chief) for the Magazine.
Terry Jennings is CEO and founder of Korban Music Group, LLC. Jennings was introduced to the music business at an early age through his work as production manager for his father, West Texas Legend Waylon Jennings.
His combination autobiography and memoir, Waylon Tales of My Outlaw Dad (Hachette, 2016), was praised by Willie Nelson “a terrific tribute, from a son to his father”.
Born when Waylon was only nineteen, Terry came of age just as Waylon’s career hit the stratosphere with hits like “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and “Good Hearted Woman,” one of his famous Willie Nelson duets.
Terry dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and joined his dad on tour, and the two became more like brothers than father and son.
On the road, they toured with legends like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Waylon’s fourth and final wife and many more legendary entertainers.
Together father and son led a hard-partying lifestyle centered around music, women, and drugs.
Waylon’s success—critical acclaim, bestselling albums, sold-out tours, and even TV stardom on The Dukes of Hazzard—was at times eclipsed by his demons, three divorces, crippling debt, and a depression that Terry traces to the premature death of Buddy Holly. (Waylon was supposed to be on Holly and Ritchie Valens’s doomed flight.)
Through it all, Terry worked on the touring crew, helped manage Waylon’s career, and became one of his father’s closest confidantes.
Debunking myths and sharing incredible never-before-told stories, this book is a son’s loving and strikingly honest portrait of his father, “the greatest Outlaw country musician to grace this earth” and an unlikely but devoted family man. Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad will resonate for generations of fans.
In his revealing new book, Waylon Jennings’ son Terry discusses his father’s legacy and what he really thought of the ‘outlaw country’ movement.”— Wide Open Country”
Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad is a quick, fun read that offers the reader an intimate look inside a world that doesn’t exist anymore.”—VICE”
Tender but lucid memoir that doesn’t sugarcoat Waylon’s raucous life.”—Garden & Gun
Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad
“I’m so excited about Terry’s new book.”—-Dolly Parton
“As his son Terry wonderfully captures in this book, Waylon was an outsider trying to figure out how to be in a town like Nashville and stay true to his music and who he is”. – Keith Urban
From the Foreword by Ken Mansfield” “The Man”- Head of Apple Records US, Award winning Producer
There are many stories about Waylon . . . the family man, the creative genius man, the quiet man, the king-of-the-six-day-roar-man, the uncommon man, the legendary man…
I thought I knew Waylon but I met all of him for the first time in these gutsy and poignant pages. I rode shotgun with the “Hoss” for five years as his producer and close friend – but Terry Jennings was his first-born and was with him for the long ride – a father and son story.
People called Waylon many different names over the years – some in jest, some in anger, some in love but Terry simply called him his “Ol Man.”
Forget the books by wannabe outsiders and biographies with agendas – this one let’s you hear the music, feel the road, get your parts a little dirty and…walk away with a whole lot of Texas on ya!
Ken Mansfield – Author, Award winning Producer, Former U.S. Manager Apple Records