The last of Waylon Jennings’ chart-topping singles in the 70’s was one of his most rousing, “Ain’t Living Long Like This.” Chris Stapleton has taken to performing the song, composed in his concerts, by Rodney Crowell and delivered a storming version of the cautionary tale in a tribute to Jennings in 2015. Stapleton’s performance is included on the brand new release Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings, out April 7th as a CD/DVD set.
Recorded in Austin, Texas, the all star concert features variants of Jennings songs by his pals Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, along with renditions from current stars like Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church and Jennings’ own son Shooter. “Ain’t Living Long Like This,” nevertheless, appears just as a DVD extra and will not be contained when CMT airs the Outlaw special this weekend.
Stapleton, who debuted a brand new stomper of his own called “Second One to Know” at the ACM Awards last Sunday, just announced the title and track list for his new LP, From A Room: Volume 1. The Grammy-winning Kentucky native will release a second volume after this year.