Leather and Lace

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This article is about the Waylon Jennings/Jessi Colter album. For the Stevie Nicks/Don Henley song, see Leather and Lace (song).
Leather and Lace
Studio album by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
Released February 1981
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Label RCA Victor
Producer Waylon Jennings
Richie Albright
Waylon Jennings chronology
Music Man
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Black on Black
Jessi Colter chronology
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Ridin' Shotgun
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Leather and Lace is a duet album by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, released on RCA Victor in 1981. It was the famous couple's first album together, though they had sung individual duets together prior to the release of Leather and Lace. "You Never Can Tell (C'est la Vie)" is a well-known Chuck Berry song (with a country version having charted a few years prior by Emmylou Harris). The medley of "The Wild Side of Life"/"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (originally 1952 hits for Hank Thompson and Kitty Wells respectively) was released rather successfully as a single, reaching #10 on the country charts. The album itself reached #11. Although Jennings was, at the time of the album's release, most famous for his involvement with the outlaw country movement, Leather and Lace abandons the outlaw image in favor of calmer selections consisting partly of love songs.

Stevie Nicks had been commissioned by Jennings to write a single for this album which would have been the title cut, although the song did not appear on the album. Nicks went on to record the song with Don Henley on the album Bella Donna and it would become a top-ten U.S. hit in late 1981.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You Never Can Tell (C'est la Vie)" (Chuck Berry)
  2. "Rainy Seasons" (Colter, Basil McDavid)
  3. "I'll Be Alright" (Jennings, Jerry Bridges, Michael Lawley)
  4. "The Wild Side of Life"/"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (William Warren, Arlie A. Carter)
  5. "Pastels & Harmony" (Gordon Payne, Bee Spears)
  6. "I Believe You Can" (Colter, Basil McDavid)
  7. "What's Happened to Blue Eyes" (Colter)
  8. "Storms Never Last" (Colter)
  9. "I Ain't the One" (Miriam Eddy)
  10. "You're Not my Same Sweet Baby" (Mickey Newbury)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 11
U.S. Billboard 200 43


  1. ^ Adams, Greg. Leather and Lace at AllMusic