Will the Wolf Survive

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Will the Wolf Survive
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released March 10, 1986
Recorded 1986, Emerald Studio, Nashville
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Label MCA
Producer Jimmy Bowen, Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings chronology
Sweet Mother Texas
Will the Wolf Survive
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Will the Wolf Survive is an album by Waylon Jennings, his debut for MCA Records after a twenty-year stay at RCA. First released in 1986, it proved a greater commercial success than the singer's previous several releases, the peak of Jennings' popularity having passed. The well-known title track, originally performed by Los Lobos, was the album's most successful single, reaching #5 on the country charts. The release's three charting singles all reached the country top ten, the remaining two being "Working Without a Net" and "What You'll Do When I'm Gone", which peaked at #7 and #8, respectively. Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand", first performed on this album, would go on to be covered once more by Jennings, this time with The Highwaymen, on 1995's The Road Goes on Forever. Will the Wolf Survive, produced by Jimmy Bowen, was Jennings' last #1 album and his next-to-last top ten record, the final one being 1990's The Eagle.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Will the Wolf Survive?" (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez) – 3:29
  2. "They Ain't Got 'Em All" (John Scott Sherrill) – 2:44
  3. "Working Without a Net" (Don Cook, John Barlow Jarvis, Gary Nicholson) – 2:42
  4. "Where Does Love Go" (Steve Bogard, Rick Giles) – 2:16
  5. "That Dog Won't Hunt" (Roger Murrah, John Schweers) – 2:55
  6. "What You'll Do When I'm Gone" (Larry Butler) – 2:57
  7. "Suddenly Single" (Troy Seals, Max D. Barnes) – 2:46
  8. "The Shadow of Your Distant Friend" (Murrah, Steve Dean) – 4:01
  9. "I've Got Me a Woman" (Paul Kennerley) – 2:44
  10. "The Devil's Right Hand" (Steve Earle) – 3:28


  • Produced By Waylon Jennings & Jimmy Bowen
  • Production Assistant: Chip Hardy
  • Engineers: Bob Bullock, Mark J. Coddington, Russ Martin, Willie Pevear, Robbie Rose & Ron Treat
  • Mixing: Bob Bullock
  • Digital Editing: Milan Bogdan
  • Mastering (Master Tape Preparation): Glenn Meadows

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1


Preceded by
The Promiseland
by Willie Nelson
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 14, 1986
Succeeded by
Lost in the Fifties Tonight
by Ronnie Milsap