A Man Called Hoss

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A Man Called Hoss
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released October 19, 1987
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Label MCA
Producer Jimmy Bowen
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings chronology
Hangin' Tough
A Man Called Hoss
Full Circle
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

A Man Called Hoss is a concept album by Waylon Jennings, released on MCA Records in 1987. It is a quasi-autobiographical record which chronicles Jennings' life and experiences in ten "chapters", each of which corresponds with a single track on the album; the titles of these chapters are: "Childhood", "Texas", "First Love", "Lost Love", "Nashville", "Crazies", "Drugs", "Jessi", "Reflections" and "The Beginning". Each song was written in collaboration with Roger Murrah, who is given credit on the album's cover. "Rough and Rowdy Days" was Jennings' second-to-last top ten single, reaching #6 on the country charts. The album, in turn, peaked at #22.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Waylon Jennings and Roger Murrah.

  1. "Prologue" – 3:36
  2. Chapter One – Childhood: "Littlefield" – 2:11
  3. Chapter Two – Texas: "You'll Never Take the Texas Out of Me" – 2:58
  4. Chapter Three – First Love: "You Went Out with Rock and Roll" – 2:21
  5. Chapter Four – Lost Love: "A Love Song (I Can't Sing Anymore)" – 2:39
  6. Chapter Five – Nashville: "If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now" – 2:53
  7. Chapter Six – Crazies: "Rough and Rowdy Days" – 2:35
  8. Chapter Seven – Drugs: "I'm Living Proof (There's Life After You)" – 3:17
  9. Chapter Eight – Jessi: "You Deserve the Stars in My Crown" – 2:44
  10. Chapter Nine – Reflections: "Turn It All Around" – 2:24
  11. Chapter Ten – The Beginning: "Where Do We Go from Here" – 4:51


  • Producer: Jimmy Bowen, Waylon Jennings
  • Art Direction: Simon Levy
  • Cover Photography: Matt Barnes


  • Drums: Larrie Londin, Eddie Bayers
  • Bass: Jerry Bridges
  • Piano: John Jarvis, Matt Rollings, Barry Walsh
  • Acoustic Guitar: Billy Joe Walker Jr., Gary Scruggs
  • Electric Guitar: Reggie Young, Gary Scruggs, Waylon Jennings
  • Synthesizer: Mike Lawler
  • Percussion: Larrie Londin
  • Steel: Ralph Mooney
  • Fiddle, Viola: Mark O'Connor
  • Trumpet: Jim Horn, George Tidwell
  • Tenor Saxophone: Quitman Dennis
  • Baritone and Alto Saxophone: Jim Horn
  • Trombone: Denniss Good
  • Background Vocals: Waylon Jennings

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 22