Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings

Waylon Jennings' health was failing when he recorded basic tracks for a new LP; per the country legend's request, his bandmates have finally completed the album, 10 years after his death. It's a rowdier version of his pal Johnny Cash's American Recordings – raw songs delivered in a weary but still magnificent baritone. On "I Do Believe," a dying man reckons with "a faith that's never been that strong." And on "Belle of the Ball," Jennings sings of a has-been "dreamer, rhymer and singer of songs" who, saved by love, goes out a winner, a dignified badass to the very end.

Listen to 'Goin' Down Rockin'':

From The Archives Issue 1167: October 11, 2012