‘The Waltons’: Watch Jason Actor Jon Walmsley Perform Tribute to Merle Haggard

by Joe Rutland

Fans of The Waltons have watched Jon Walmsley play music on the CBS family drama. In real life, he paid tribute to Merle Haggard.

Walmsley, who played Jason Walton on the show, is a professional musician, too.

This video of him performing the Haggard classic “Workin’ Man Blues” comes from the show’s 45th anniversary weekend back in 2017.

Well, get your toe-tapping in rhythm and enjoy Walmsley playing in front of cast members and fans.

Walmsley appeared in all of The Waltons‘ episodes and six TV movies.

‘The Waltons’ Actor Recalls Spending Time on Set Playing With Guest Star Haggard

Want to know where the Haggard love comes from for Walmsley? Well, the “Okie From Muskogee” country music legend actually appeared in an episode of The Waltons.

And Walmsley discussed his time on the set playing music with Haggard.

Now, Haggard’s role on the show was connected to Jason Walton. This does lead to a lot of music being played when cameras were not filming.

Walmsley says in a 2017 interview with Billboard, “I was thrilled to have him come on the show as a guest star, and even more so that the main plot of the show was the relationship between our two characters.”

He confirmed that both he and Haggard played music.

“We spent a lot of time together during that six or seven days away from the camera,” Walmsley said. “We did a lot of playing guitar on the set between takes. In fact, the assistant director had to tell us to shut up because they couldn’t concentrate on their work.”

In another interesting connection, he provided the voice of Christopher Robin to the Winnie the Pooh cartoons from Disney.

Walmsley Does Wish That He’d Picked Up Some Mementos From Set

The actor-musician, who lives over in Cornwall, England now, expresses a desire that he could have picked up some items from the show’s set.

“Just memories, and a few photos,” Walmsley said in a 2011 interview reprinted on Rockfish-river.com.

He said that he never thought about collecting mementos but he says now it would have been smart.

“Some of that stuff would be worth something now,” Walmsley said.

The acting career is a thing of the past. He’s totally locked in on a music career.

Walmsley said that he doesn’t “really get recognized as I changed my look a few years ago and now look quite different than on The Waltons,” he said in a 2019 interview with The Daily Mail. “It’s an advantage for me, as I’m a real people-watcher. It’s an old acting habit. People tend to behave differently around a celebrity.”

Maybe somewhere in England, there is a young person or even adult enjoying Walmsley’s acting in The Waltons.