Luke Bryan Apologizes to Waylon Jennings Family

Published On July 15, 2015 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Country Music News

Luke Bryan’s recent comments about outlaw music drew the ire of Waylon Jennings’ daughter-in-law, but now the parties have reportedly made peace. Last week, Luke told Hits Daily Double,

“I think that people who want Merle, Willie and Waylon just need to buy Merle, Willie and Waylon . . . I’m not an outlaw country singer. I don’t do cocaine and run around. So I’m not going to sing outlaw country . . . I don’t know about laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs. I don’t really want to do that.”

Buddy Jennings’ wife, Kathy Pinkerton Jennings, fired off a written and videotaped response calling Luke a few choice names. Waylon’s son, Shooter Jennings, says that all is well though. On Monday, July 13th, he told the L.A. Times,

“Luke Bryan called my mom (Jessi Colter) today to clarify that he would never disrespect my dad or me or any of us. He also asked for Buddy’s number to call Kathy. Whether or not he does, that takes a lot of guts. I misfired and said some things in the past about people, namely John Mayer. And I didn’t have the guts to apologize. So, that being said, that kinda won me over.”

Shooter added,

“I love Kathy for her defense of the family and caring so much for the legacy. But as my mom says, (some) people out there want things the way it WAS and nothing else. I’m not defending pop music but I am defending new music. My dad never liked labels and neither do I.”

Shooter said that while he doesn’t listen to Luke’s music, the singer has redeemed himself as far as he’s concerned. He said,

“He went above and beyond and manned up and apologized. In the long run I believe his image has improved.”

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