Fiercely independent and musically fearless, Waylon Jennings' contributions to American music cannot be overstated, and the diverse nature of those paying homage on this record gives evidence of Ol' W

Fiercely independent and musically fearless, Waylon Jennings' contributions to American music cannot be overstated, and the diverse nature of those paying homage on this record gives evidence of Ol' Waylon's far-flung influence. While many such tributes send us scurrying for the real thing, there is plenty to love here, from the comfortable fit of Guy Clark's "Good Hearted Woman Today," and Junior Brown's retro-cool "Nashville Rebel" to more adventurous matches like Dave Alvin's reverb-drenched "Amanda" and a smokey "Wurlitzer Prize" from Norah Jones. Robert Earl Keen delivers a rambunctious "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" and John Doe a hard-charging "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." Alison Moorer's "Storms Never Last" is heavenly, Alejandro Escovedo is soulful on a hypnotic "Lock, Stock, and Teardrops," and Jennings' former group the Crickets rocks steady on "Waymore's Blues." Finally, Henry Rollins rocks mightily on the title cut; as a singer and outlaw, though, Rollins couldn't carry Waylon's guitar strap.—RW