The signature of Waylon Jennings scrawled on the cover of Waylon: Renegade, OUtlaw, Legend suggests that this video about the life and career is not exactly an exposé. But that’s okay in the end.
Director Mark Hall traces Jennings’ early career from disc jockey to bass player for Buddy Holly and the Crickets with rare photos and footage, and then lines up a gallery of celebrity cronies (among them, George Jones, Willie Nelson, actor Robert Duvall) to add color to the saga of his Nashville rise in the 1970s. Jennings’ fight to put a rock beat in country music is chronicled in detail, as is his difficult battle with a $1,500-a-day cocaine problem. For serious country music fans, this loving documentary offers virtually no new information or surprising insights. What it does have are Jennings’ magnetic music and somewhat mysterious presence.