The glory days of the Outlaw Music spearheaded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson came together in the creation of their music album in 1978. Waylon & Willie became most anticipated therefore successful as they collaborated. There were a total of eleven songs including “Lookin’ for a Feeling”, “Don’t Cuss The Fiddle”, “Gold Dust Woman”, “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You)”, and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”.
The album became number one for ten weeks, it remained in the charts for 126 weeks or a total of two-and-a-half-years! Woah~ That’s definitely hard to beat. Their “Mammas” duet historically became an all-time-favorite of country music fans. In addition, their version of Ed Bruce’s 1976 Top 15 song garnered Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
Unfortunately, since Waylon’s passing in 2002, Willie has not been performing this song by himself. Good news is when he finally decided to do so, I can say that he made a great choice on a duet partner. I am talking about no other than his son, Lukas Nelson. He sang Waylon’s part and he also did the harmony. And, he did not disappoint!
The Luck Reunion was an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime performance from Willie and his friends. It was Willie Nelson’s ranch but due to inclement weather conditions, some performers like Kacey Musgraves was forced to cancel. He was supposed to be the evening’s special guest.
By the way, did you also know that the song, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” is he opening song for Netflix’s The Ranch? This song is perfect for the series plus, it touches on one major themes of the Ranch, about fathers and sons.
“Cowboys ain’t easy to love and they’re harder to hold
They’d rather give you a song than diamonds or gold
Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levi’s
And each night begins a new day
If you don’t understand him, and he don’t die young
He’ll prob’ly just ride away
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys
Don’t let ’em pick guitars or drive them old trucks
Let ’em be doctors and lawyers and such
Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys”
So, country fans out there. What do you think of the father and son’s version of Mammas?