Stars come out for Waylon Jennings tribute album


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Waylon Jennings' lasting influence on music shines through in a just-released tribute album of his songbook, recorded by a diverse group of performers and friends of the late "outlaw" country singer.

"It would have just made my dad happy that the album was cut with some of his old band and friends, like Kris Kristofferson," son Shooter Jennings said.

Kristofferson, Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson and the group Alabama are among those contributing to the first of a three-album set, "The Music Inside, Volume 1: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings," which was released on Tuesday. Two subsequent volumes will come out later this year.

"Now there's a whole new crop of artists influenced by my dad's music. If we did another tribute album 10 years from now, there would be a whole new group of people who would cite him as their influence," said Shooter of his father, who died in 2002, aged 64.

"It's a huge honor," Adkins said. "Waylon is a true legend. Getting to record 'You Asked Me To' with some of the original Waymore's Blues Band who helped bring life to this great music was very special and something I'll always remember."

The group Alabama, which came off the road in 2004, reunited to record "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," the first single released from the tribute album.

Early on, Alabama performed Jennings' songs at club appearances. "What an opportunity for us to go back in the studio, play and record live like we used to, and pay tribute to a true legend in music, not country music, in music, period," singer Randy Owen said.