RCA's Waylon Jennings tribute album, "I've Always Been Crazy", featuring METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield on a solo cover of "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand", will be released Aug. 19 after being bumped from its original April date.
Hetfield's contribution comes from Jennings' September 1978 release, "I've Always Been Crazy". The process was unique for James as he not only sang, but played all the instruments (including the drums!) on the track. The song was produced by Bob Rock at the METALLICA HQ in San Francisco.
"The first time I met Waylon was when a college radio station wanted to get the two outlaws together of certain different styles of music," James said late last year. "They thought it was a good idea if I interview him and I guess Dad helped me out with a few of the questions. It's funny 'cause my Dad wanted me to get a CD signed for him and then Waylon brought some METALLICA stuff to get signed for his son. So it was completely cool."
Jennings, who died on February 13, 2002, was a recognized star of the '70s outlaw country music movement, and Hetfield has helped to further strengthen the things both held in common with his unique (and rather heavy!) tribute.
"I am extremely grateful to be a part of this project," added James, "to be able to put my stamp, my outlaw stamp on the music that he has created."
The complete track listing for "I've Always Been Crazy" is as follows:
01. JOHN MELLENCAMP - "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"
02. TRAVIS TRITT - "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean"
03. KENNY CHESNEY AND KID ROCK - "Luckenbach, Texas"
04. DWIGHT YOAKAM - "Stop the World (and Let Me Off)"
05. JESSI COLTER - "Storms Never Last"
06. HANK WILLIAMS JR. - "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
07. PINMONKEY - "Are You Ready for the Country"
08. SARA EVANS AND DEANA CARTER - "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
09. BEN HARPER - "Waymore's Blues"
10. ALISON KRAUSS - "You Asked Me To"
11. ANDY GRIGGS - "This Time"
12. STARGUNN - "I've Always Been Crazy"
13. BROOKS AND DUNN - "I Ain't Living Long Like This"
14. JAMES HETFIELD - "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand"
15. WAYLON JENNINGS - "The Dream"