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One By Willie Nelson with Waylon PayneWaylon Payne grew up uniquely immersed in the music of Willie Nelson. His mother, singer Sammi Smith, revolutionized country music with her 1971 recording of Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” going on to become a frequent touring partner of Willie’s and the most significant female voice in the nascent outlaw movement. Around that same time, Waylon’s father, Jody Payne, began his nearly forty-year run as Willie’s lead guitarist. So when Waylon calls Willie songs “lullabies,” he’s describing memories, not impressions. Subscribe Apple Podcasts — Google Podcasts — Spotify — Stitcher (Read a transcript of this episode below.)But his appreciation of Willie runs much deeper even than that. Though Waylon always knew Jody was his dad, the two didn’t actually meet until Waylon…

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