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Alabama, ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’ – Song Spotlight

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Southern rock outfit Alabama record Waylon Jennings’ hit ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,’ their first new track in a decade. Featuring wailing fiddle and thumping percussion, the cover has Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry harmonizing to Jenning’s 1975 track, originally featured on the ‘Dreaming My Dreams’ album.

The song is fitting for an “outlaw,” as Jennings was labeled for making it in the country music business without going through the Nashville corporate scene: “Somebody told me when I got to Nashville / Son you finally got it made / Old Hank made it here, we’re all sure that you will / But I don’t think Hank done it this way,” Jennings sings.

Alabama’s recent reunion is to pay tribute to the late Jennings — through a 10-track album that also includes recordings of Jennings’ work by Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, James Otto, Kris Kristofferson and Patty Griffin, Trace Adkins and more. Titled ‘The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume 1′ the album is part of a three-volume tribute, and will be released Feb. 8. The other two albums are expected to come out later in 2011, and will total 33 songs.

Jennings’ widow, Jessi Colter with their son, Shooter Jennings, also recorded songs that will be included on the first volume. Check out Alabama in the studio, recording ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,’ and listen to the album’s track below.

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