Kathy Pinkerman Jennings, the daughter-in-law of country legend Waylon Jennings, had some strong words for Luke Bryan in an open letter posted online. The angry response comes after a controversy spawned from Luke Bryan’s recent comments about “outlaw country” and his own music.
On July 10, Kathy Jennings decided to respond with an open letter to Bryan on her personal Facebook page:
“I hope your family members are proud of you for using your WORLDWIDE platform to take the time to disrespect my Father in Law. You have managed to PROVE to the world your true self. Albeit that Waylon’s drug use is well documented and something he overcame, I assure you, he was never “laying in a gutter.” At the peak of his career and drug abuse, he was making history and setting records. He, single handedly paved the way for you and everyone else to make music the way the artist wanted to make it. I’m not willing to waste my time to debate your “music” and / or the fact you have zillions of fans – I will however, not sit back and be quiet when you have so blatantly disrespected Waylon.
I recall the time I was at the Grand Ole Opry to visit with Andy Griggs, you were making your debut appearance. My friend that was with us had just seen your video. As we stood at the side of the stage, Jeannie Seely was talking to us and you walked over to introduce your self to her and told her how much you admired her, she in turn introduced you to myself and my husband. I almost got a cavity because of the sweetness of the words coming out of your mouth – you told us Waylon was one of your musical heroes. You went on and on and on. This is not about music, Outlaw Country, whatever – it’s about DISRESPECT.
You are a platinum, disrespecting, no singing, whining, grasping for media attention, a–hole. Use your platform for something good, instead of bashing the LEGENDS that came before you.”
Jennings, the wife of Waylon’s son, Buddy, clarified she was not speaking on behalf of the Jennings family, in a video posted shortly after the letter was published. She said she simply wanted to defend her relative who “single-handedly paved the way for you [Bryan] and everyone else to make music the way the artist wanted to make it.”
So far, Bryan hasn’t offered any replies to Jennings’ comments. Over the weekend, he responded to the public criticism by posting a series of tweets, explaining that Jennings and other outlaw country music legends were his “heroes.”