When did you record “Honky Tonk Heroes?”
It was 1972, after I chased Waylon around Nashville for about six months. I’m sure you’ve heard the story. I finally confronted him at recording session. He was standing between these two big biker fellows he kept around. He tried to give me $100 bucks to go away and I told him, “You’re going to listen to my songs or I’m gonna kick your ass here in front of God and everybody.” I knew I could do it with just one punch.
He must have known it, too.He took me into a room and said “All right, you play me a song and if I like it, you can play me another.” If I don’t , we’re done and I don’t want to see around here.” After I played him a bunch of my songs, he called in his band and we got to work.