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Waylon Jennings Radio Special

by Charlie Saber

From 8-9am on Tuesday, August 21, alt.country will air a one hour radio documentary paying tribute to Waylon Jennings. Never Say Die will tell the story behind his final concert at Nashville's Ryman Theatre, will feature musical highlights of that historic night, and is hosted by Laura Cantrell.

By 2000, Waylon Jennings had over 40 years of experience on stage. Health problems took their toll on Waylon in the 1990s. He suffered from emphysema, diabetes, and had a mild stroke, but Waylon wanted to get back on stage.

In early 2000, he put together a band with many of his favorite musicians, called it The Waymore Blues Band, and booked a show at Nashville's Ryman Theatre. Waylon may not have known that it would be one of his last concerts and he may not have even cared. His only concern was to pull out all the stops and make this just as memorable as every other time he took the stage.

Throughout the one hour special we'll hear many musical highlights of this historic evening, and comments from many of the people who made it possible; Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins, Cowboy Jack Clement, Billy Joe Shaver, and Waylon's wife Jessi Colter, his son Shooter Jennings, and Waylon himself.


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