Waylon Jennings' daughter-in-law has offered an angry response to the comments Luke Bryan made last week, perceived by some to be an attack on legendary country artists like Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In a heated post and video, Kathy Pinkerman Jennings defends the late icon before resorting to name-calling.
Kathy Jennings is the wife of Buddy Jennings, Waylon's son. She makes it clear in a followup YouTube video that she's not speaking on behalf of the family, but her comments attempt to defend the "I’ve Always Been Crazy" singer, whom she says “single handedly paved the way for you and everyone else to make music the way the artist wanted to make it.”
The dust-up began last week, when Bryan told Hits Daily Double that he sings about what he sings about because that's what he knows. "I'm not an outlaw country singer," he declared. "I don't do cocaine and run around. So I'm not going to sing outlaw country." Jennings had a well-known cocaine habit during the peak of his career.
Bryan also says that people who want to hear artists like Jennings, Nelson and Haggard, just need to buy Merle, Willie and Waylon.
In a four-tweet message that came the next day, Bryan clarified, saying he wasn't attacking the three legends. He calls them musical heroes, a point Kathy Jennings reinforces in telling a story of when she met Bryan at the beginning of his country career.
Hey guys I've been thinking about this all day, every now and then I feel I need to defend myself in this business. I did a great interview— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 10, 2015
with many topics discussed. It’s so frustrating that something negative has spun out of the story. I would never speak against any artist.— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 10, 2015
It’s not my style. I consider Willie, Waylon and Merle musical heroes. I was trying to state what I was about and— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 10, 2015
where I come from with my music. It’s simple as that.— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 10, 2015
"This is not about music, Outlaw Country, whatever – it’s about disrespect. You are a platinum, disrespecting, no singing, whining, grasping for media attention, a--hole. Use your platform for something good, instead of bashing the legends that came before you," she said in the NSFW video.
In her original Facebook post, Kathy Jennings says she felt the need to respond to Bryan’s disrespectful comments about Waylon. “I hope your family members are proud of you for using your worldwide platform to take the time to disrespect my father-in-law,” she writes. “You have managed to prove to the world your true self. Albeit that Waylon’s drug use is well documented and something he overcame, I assure you, he was never ‘laying in a gutter.’”
Bryan was in Nashville over the weekend to play for a sold-out stadium audience at Vanderbilt University. The singer is preparing to release "Kill the Lights" studio album in August.
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