The album was the subject of an NPR profile on their top rated show, All Things Considered, this week (http://www.npr.org/2012/10/02/162163568/waylon-jennings-the-last-recordings-of-a-dreamer). “It was almost shocking when I first heard it,” singer Jessi Colter, who was married to Jennings for more than 30 years, says in the interview. “It took me several times to be able to listen to it. It sounded like he was there, that he’s opening his heart to you, and he’s telling you how he feels.” Goin’ Down Rockin’ also is the subject of a country music radio special, airing on over 60 stations in North America.
Critics have joined Jennings’ fans in welcoming these treasured recordings. Rolling Stone magazine gave the album four stars, calling it “…raw songs delivered in a weary but still magnificent baritone…a winner, a dignified badass to the very end.” Upon hearing the album, Mojo declared, “it’s apparent here that they don’t make ‘em like Waylon anymore.” His peers concur; Buddy Cannon, producer for Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson, George Jones and others reflects, “It’s so great to hear Waylon’s voice with new music. For any Waylon fan, this is sacred.”
One of the all time greatest country music vocalists, Jennings was also the founder of the Outlaw movement, received two Grammy Awards, and multiple Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards. 11 of his albums hit #1 on the country charts, with 16 #1 singles. In all, 54 of Jennings’ albums have charted and more than 100 singles cracked the country and pop charts. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.