Clean Shirt

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Clean Shirt
WaylonJenningsWillieNelsonCleanShirt.jpg
Studio album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Released June 1991
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Length 29:35
Label Epic
Producer Bob Montgomery
Waylon Jennings chronology
The Eagle
(1990)
Clean Shirt
(1991)
Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A.
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic3/5 stars link

Clean Shirt is a split album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, released on Epic Records in 1991.

Background[edit]

Jennings, who had just moved to Epic from MCA, expressed his frustration at producer Bob Montgomery, who seemed far more excited at the prospect of a collaboration between Waylon and Willie than a new Jennings album:

He was really hot to team me up with Willie. "I want Willie involved in this," he said almost the first day we were in the studio." "Oh no you don't," I told him. "Not in Nashville. Willie don't give a shit about this. He'll bring some songs he likes to do, but he's not into that other stuff. He could care less about the arrangements. Think of him as Sinatra. He likes to come in and sing and leave." He kept on about Willie...Bob eventually got his way...[1]

The two singers' last collaboration, after Waylon and Willie (1978), WWII (1982) and Take It to the Limit (1983), it was released at a time which coincided with both artists' commercial decline. All but the final two songs were written partly by Troy Seals. Clean Shirt was the duo's least successful album, peaking at #28 on the country charts and barely making the Billboard 200 at #193; "If I Can Find a Clean Shirt" was the only charting single, reaching #51. According to Jennings, Epic brass were unhappy about the prevalence of Mexican horns on the songs.[1]

Reception[edit]

Brian Mansfiel of AllMusic writes, "Small flashes of tossed-off brilliance appear in nearly every song, but sometimes it's hard to tell what's part of the pair's casual charm and what's just laziness: when the clever "Old Age and Treachery" (always overcome youth and skill) falls apart at the end, it's infuriating. Like much of either singer's output, Clean Shirt sounds a bit wrinkled at first, but most of the album holds up to repeated listening."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If I Can Find a Clean Shirt" (Jennings, Troy Seals) – 3:25
  2. "I Could Write a Book About You" (Jennings, Seals, Nelson, Max D. Barnes) – 2:45
  3. "Old Age and Treachery" (Jennings, Seals, Nelson, Barnes) – 3:35
  4. "Two Old Sidewinders" (Hank Cochran, Barnes, Vern Gosdin) – 2:48
  5. "Tryin' to Outrun the Wind" (Seals, Eddie Setser, Tom Davey) – 3:27
  6. "Good Ol' Nights" (Jennings, Seals, Barnes) – 2:20
  7. "Guitars That Won't Stay in Tune" (Seals, Setser) – 1:55
  8. "The Makin's of a Song" (Jennings, Seals, Barnes, Nelson) – 2:50
  9. "Put Me on a Train Back to Texas" (Jim Hurt, Billy Nelson, Roy Clayborne) – 2:50
  10. "Rocks from Rolling Stones" (Tony Colton, Eddy Shaver) – 3:40

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 28
U.S. Billboard 200 193