Whey Jennings has generations of outlaw country to back him up when he and his band ride into McPherson Sept. 2.
The grandson of the late outlaw country singer, Waylon Jennings, Whey Jennings thinks his music career would make his grandfather proud.
“I’m doing my own thing writing my own music. I still keep his legacy alive,” Jennings said.
Whey Jennings and The Unwanted perform at 9 p.m. at the McPherson American Legion, 401 N. Main St. in McPherson. Cost is $10 at the door.
Jennings is excited to be singing alongside his band members at the McPherson American Legion.
"Just tell them I'm on my way and I'm going to be rocking that place soon," Jennings laughed.
Jennings has been singing since he was a toddler, but the event that sparked his career is a sad one. On her death bed, Jennings’ mother asked him to promise to take his singing career to stardom.
"I didn't expect it to go so well, but it did," Jennings said.
The outlaw country genre spoke to Jennings because it's not scripted — you just go with it.
"It's my whole family legacy," he said. "It stands for real music."
Angel Gonsalves, Jennings’ booking manager, got the band going after the two traveled to Kentucky to sing at a benefit concert.
"It's all mostly because of Angel," Jennings said. "We got so much publicity off of that one show and pretty much picked up band members everywhere I went."
Jennings’ band has been together for six years.
He said coming to smaller towns and getting to know people is his favorite part of his job.
“It makes me feel good. I like playing at places with not a lot of people because you’re going out all the time. I like going to places where people appreciate my music,” Jennings said. “I play at bigger venues where you go and show up, they kind of run you through a talk and run you out on stage, it’s nice to actually be able to jump up on stage and get to know everybody.”
For more information, call the McPherson American Legion at 620-241-0343 or visit the Whey Jennings and The Unwanted Facebook page.
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