Sunday, April 3, 2011

Campbell talks of days with Waylon Jennings at Lenten Lunch

    I attended the Lenten Luncheon featuring Will Campbell on Wednesday at the Oxford University United Methodist Church. I must say I was surprised by the crowd. I would guess there were at least 300 people there. They gym was full.
    Although Campbell is most known as a trailblazer for civil rights, he spoke about his relationship with Waylon Jennings, for whom he got a job as a "roadie." He said he wasn't really sure what he was supposed to do, at which point Jenning's wife, Jessi Colter told him that if Waylon hired him he was to just find something to do.
    Campbell shared a few funny stories, told of his conversations with Jennings concerning his religious faith, Of Jennings kicking his drug and seven-packs-a-day cigarette habit, and finally of Jennings death and funeral.
    I recorded the talk on my Iphone. I was a good distance away and the sound quality is mediocre at best. I think I was able to turn up the volume to make it audible, although when he tells a joke and everyone at our table laughs it may burst your eardrum. At any rate, it's here and you can listen or not. I had to present it as a movie because blogger won't allow me to upload an audio file. Waylon's funeral is described in the last five minutes.


Col. Reb Sez said...

Galen Holley, with the Tupelo Daily Journal, attended the luncheon and wrote a column. It can be found here:

Col. Reb Sez said...

I just looked back at this post and noted the "date" on the video. It says May 30 but it should say March 30.