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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….

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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