Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance

Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Photo: Waylon Jennings
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A hard-partying musician known for his rebel ways, Waylon Jennings helped create a new, grittier style of music known as outlaw country music.

At the pinnacle of the outlaw movement, Jennings gave an exclusive, sold-out performance in Nashville. The concert was taped but never released for broadcast. Now, the new public television special Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance, airing Saturday, October 17 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV unearths this hidden 1978 concert and features a 16-song set combined with Jennings' own words about his life and music.

Throughout the program, the Country Music Hall of Fame-inductee shares little-known stories behind some of his songs. He speaks about his friendship with Johnny Cash, his desire to break free of typical country music conventions, and the tragic loss of his friend and fellow musician, Buddy Holly. Featured songs include fan favorites "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "This Time," "Good Hearted Woman," "Luckenbach, Texas," and "Are You Ready for the Country?"