Nick Tosches

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There are problems [with Ol' Waylon]. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) is a bad song, a fan letter to Waylon and Willie Nelson from Waylon and Willie Nelson. If these guys don't stop cooing to each other, somebody's gonna think something's funny. But I guess that's what being an Outlaw is all about: making goo-goo eyes at yourself in the mirror. Pass the Lone Star, Red….

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Waylon's great, but the Outlaw silliness is waxing rotten. No more cuts like Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love). Instead something like: Beaumont, Texas (Back to the Basics of Sleaze).

Nick Tosches, "Records: 'Ol' Waylon'," in High Fidelity (copyright © by ABC Leisure Magazine, Inc.; all rights reserved; excerpted by permission), Vol. 27, No. 8, August, 1977, p. 118.

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