The Ramblin' Man

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The Ramblin' Man
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released September 1974
Recorded February 1974 - July 1974
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Length 32:21
41:50 (with bonus tracks)
Label RCA Victor
Producer Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings chronology
This Time
(1974)This Time1974
The Ramblin' Man
Dreaming My Dreams
(1975)Dreaming My Dreams1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Ramblin' Man is an album by Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1974.

Recording and composition[edit]

With a slightly more commercial sound than some of his recent records, The Ramblin' Man remained true to Jennings' outlaw country image and uncompromising musical vision. The album was released at what was still considered to be the height of the outlaw movement in country music, and this was reflected in its chart success, with the LP peaking at #3 on the country charts, Jennings best showing since Love of the Common People in 1967. Jennings produced it himself, although Ray Pennington co-produced "Oklahoma Sunshine" and "I'm a Ramblin' Man," the latter of which he also wrote. Pennington recorded "I'm a Ramblin' Man" in 1967 for Capitol Records and took it to #29 on the country charts.[2] Jennings' version would be his second #1 on the country chart and also appeared on Australian charts.[3] "Rainy Day Woman" was released in December 1974 as the second single from the album and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[4] Curiously, the Bob McDill ballad "Amanda" was not released as a single at this time; more than 4½ years later, new overdubs were added to the original track and placed on his first greatest hits album. The song was issued as a single and it became one of the biggest country hits of 1979.

The album also includes a gutsy cover of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider," cementing Jennings' fearless reputation as a leader of the "progressive" country sound. The photo on the album cover was shot at Muhlenbrink's (formerly the Red Dog Saloon).


AllMusic: "If he had created a sketch of outlaw on Honky Tonk Heroes, he perfected the marketable version of it here, making it a little slicker, a little more commercial, and a whole lot more unstoppable. If the songs aren't the equal of Honky Tonk Heroes or even This Time, The Ramblin' Man has a wilder sound and a greater diversity of songs that make it seem more unruly than its immediate predecessor and more blatantly outlaw...There are moments of reflection, yet even those feed into the outlaw picture."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm a Ramblin' Man" (Ray Pennington) – 2:49
  2. "Rainy Day Woman" (Jennings) – 2:31
  3. "Cloudy Days" (Billy Ray Reynolds) – 2:41
  4. "Midnight Rider" (Gregg Allman) – 3:24
  5. "Oklahoma Sunshine" (Hal Bynum, Bud Reneau) – 3:29
  6. "The Hunger" (Lee Fry) – 3:31
  7. "I Can't Keep My Hands Off of You" (Bobby Borchers, Mack Vickery) – 3:38
  8. "Memories of You and I" (Lee Clayton) – 4:16
  9. "It'll Be Her" (Reynolds) – 3:03
  10. "Amanda" (Bob McDill) – 2:56

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Got a Lot Going for Me" (Dave Kirby) – 2:32
  2. "The Last Letter" (Rex Griffin) – 4:07
  3. "The One I Sing My Love Song To" (Wayland Holyfield) – 2:49


  • Joe Allen - bass
  • Leon Rhodes - bass guitar
  • Larrie Londin - drums
  • Richie Albright - drums
  • Larry Whitmore - rhythm Guitar
  • Dave Kirby - electric Guitar
  • Thomas Jackson - fiddle
  • Waylon Jennings - guitar, vocals, production
  • Alfred Newell - guitar
  • Billy Ray Reynolds - guitar
  • Kyle Lehning - piano, engineer
  • Bunky Keels - piano
  • Carl Gay - guitar
  • Duke Goff - guitar
  • Randy Scruggs - guitar
  • John W. Wilkin - guitar
  • Roger Crabtree - harmonica
  • David Roys - engineer (Technician)
  • Herb Burnette - art direction
  • Bob Jones - photography
  • Ray Pennington - producer
  • Ray Pachucki - engineer
  • Bobby Thompson - rhythm guitar
  • Ralph Mooney - steel guitar


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 321. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 174. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 174.