Thursday, January 12, 2006

why you been gone so long?

If you ever come upon me, hairbrush in hand, singing at the top of my lungs in the privacy of my apartment, chances are pretty good that I'm in the midst of a rendition of Jessi Colter's version of "Tell Me Baby Why You Been Gone So Long?" When a friend first turned me on to this song, I couldn't believe I hadn't heard more from the woman who's been called "the queen of '70s outlaw country." Following the death of her husband Waylon Jennings in 2002, she began the album that will be released next month: Out of the Ashes. Tony Joe White, her son Shooter Jennings, and even Waylon himself through old masters will all make an appearance.