I think we all know that the country outlaw certainly wasn’t shy and was just as honest and authentic in real life as he was in his songs.
And of course, he and Willy Nelson were both pioneers of the country outlaw movement in the 1970s and became good friends for many decades thereafter.
They’ve shared some great stories in the past and admitted they’ve “fought for everything.” an old couple, But if that isn’t true friendship then I really don’t know what is…
And in an amazing 1988 interview with ROTATEWaylon got into his true feelings when he was called an outlaw and hilariously told the reporter that the most outlaw thing Willie Nelson ever did was come into town and “Two parking spots on Music Row.”
To say that he has always been open and honest is probably a gross understatement.
He also went on to say that they first bonded over their mutual disdain for Nashville when they first came to town, and of course shared their Texan roots and love for their home state:
“Relationship! Me and Willie have been friends for 25 years, and 25 out of 30, that’s not bad. Willie and I, we’re street brothers. We run around together and all.
When we started, we both had the same attitude towards Nashville and stuff, and they had the same attitude towards him as towards me. Willie and I kept going to Texas and I tried to hang on there.
But Willie and I are good friends. We always will be. He gets mad at me and I get mad at him, but we made a pact a long time ago. Most of our problems were caused by people around us, not between me and him.
Before we get mad enough to kill each other, let’s talk about it first.”
Solid advice indeed.
But perhaps the best part of the interview comes when the reporter tells Waylon that he has a “Willie Nelson for President bumper sticker” on his car.
Waylon has a very Waylon response, telling him to burn it because you wouldn’t even want Willie to be “a dogcatcher”:
“You do? Now burn that thing. If there’s anything you don’t want, Hoss, then Willie Nelson is President.
I mean, you don’t even want him to be Secretary of State – you don’t even want him to be a dog catcher.”
Good god that Waylon was so damn funny…they just don’t make her like him anymore.
He then tells an all-time great story about Willie and Waylon’s time when they were stranded on the side of the road back in Texas and nobody would stop to help, which you can read about at length HERE.
Here are two of the greatest to ever do it…
“Mom, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys”
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/24/waylon-jennings-has-hilarious-response-to-reporter-with-willie-nelson-for-president-bumper-sticker-burn-that-thing/ Waylon Jennings has a hilarious response to reporters with the Willie Nelson For President bumper sticker: “Burn That Thing”