The year was 1955, and country singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings was just a budding 18 year-old performer in Littlefield, Texas. At the time, the future Outlaw Country founder hosted a half-hour radio show on KZZN where he performed songs and swapped stories with a group of local musicians.
It's hard to believe, but all the reel-to-reel recordings amassed throughout Waylon's years on-air ended up in storage... under Waylon's sibling's bed. Forunately they were eventually recovered by Waylon's son, Shooter Jennings.
Shooter's label Black Country Rock recently released the full program, titled Waylon 55 Live, on vinyl.
"It's very strange to hear this captured moment in time so early in his life," Shooter told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. "He's 18 and fired up about everything."
He adds, "[Waylon]'s hosting the show, getting each guy to play, pulling all this weight, and he was going for it... He knew how to move the show along."
Below is an exclusive clip from the historic recordings, which features Waylon performing Little Richard's infamous 'Slippin and Slidin''. The track was later recorded by the legendary Buddy Holly, whose band Waylon would join three years after the clip below, in 1958.
After the song, Waylon dedicates the incredible rendition to Maxine Lawrence, who would become his first wife later that year.
And be sure to check out this amazing 1987 performance of 'Good Hearted Woman' featuring Waylon and Willie Nelson.
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