Country superstars Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. brought down the house on Nashville Now in 1988.
Jennings and Williams Jr. made an appearance on the popular talk-show Nashville Now with host Ralph Emery. During the interview, Emery pulls out guitars from behind his desk and suggests that the two play some songs. First, Waylon chooses his favorite Hank Williams Jr. song to play. Then Hank chooses his favorite Waylon Jennings song. The two play both songs together.
Of course, watching the two country icons play together is riveting. However, our favorite part of the performance is when Waylon Jennings discards the pick that the producers gave him. He pulls one of his own out of his pocket and says, “That was like a toenail. I got my own with my name on it.”
Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Collaborate For One Epic Duet
The country stars were friends for years. Eventually, their friendship grew into collaboration when they wrote and recorded the song, “The Conversation.”
The two performed the song together during their appearance on Nashville Now. The song was originally released on Williams’ 1979 album Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. Four years later, their collaboration was reissued on Jennings’ album Waylon and Company.
The song is about a conversation the two of them had together about Jr.’s father, Hank Williams. During the song, the two attempt to separate the man (Hank Williams) from the myth (his habits). Certainly, Williams struggled with alcoholism and infidelity for his entire life. However, as the song states, he was more than just his habits. During the song, they sing, “Yeah, back then, they called him crazy. Nowadays, they call him a saint. Now the ones that call him crazy. Are still riding on his name.”
“The Conversation” performed only moderately on the charts peaking only at number 15. However, the song became a beloved classic for dedicated Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. fans.