Your stage show was dead on perfect for Waylon and his band. The sound mix was also very professional - you could hear every note....what a great night and tribute!!! I can’t wait to do it again.” - CMA Radio Personality: Kevin Richards





By Lucas Garrett, Nippertown ON FEB 18, 2023

ALBANY – The world of music has tons of room for all sorts of acts, ranging from solo to large bands. And within that, too, are all sorts of genres and subsets, from original music to tribute acts. For the latter, WailOn is perhaps one of the best examples this area has, musically speaking. Fans of Waylon Jennings, and all of the great, rich country classic tunes, will get a kick out of this band: they know the material, and they honor it so well by playing it meticulously. 

Incorporating new music into their repertoire, the band is taking the new model of their tribute act for a spin at Lark Hall on March 4. To purchase your ticket for the event, please click here. I had a chance to sit down with front-man and bandleader, Chris Wisniewski, ahead of the show. What follows is our conversation.




By Laura DaPolito, Nippertown ON MAY 10, 2021

It was Mother’s Day weekend, and Jim’s mother always loved those old country tunes. To honor her, we drove up to enjoy WailOn, a tribute band to Waylon Jennings, that was performing at Hudson Falls’ historic Strand Theatre. 



WAILON to attend NYSAAF convention, JAN 15,16, 2022 

By WailOn, Dec 1, 2020  

WailOn - Tribute to Waylon Jennings and Classic Country will be manning a booth at the vendor exhibit hall for the 2022 New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs convention at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY. If you're attending the convention, stop by and say hi to us at booth 10, enter to win some WailOn merchandise, and maybe hear an acoustic performance or two.  

Featured Entertainment Showcase Performer 

Wailon will also be performing as part of the Entertainment Showcase on Sunday evening, January 16 starting at 6:30. This is an opportunity for the managers and booking staff from fairs across New York State to see the WailOn show and book us for their 2022 events. 

NOTE: This is a private event and the WailOn performance is only open to convention attendees. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Waylon Jennings and Outlaw Country Tribute “WailOn” Keeping Classic Country Alive

Schenectady, NY, April 27, 2021 — Introducing a new tribute show dedicated to celebrating the classic country sounds of the 1960’s and 1970’s, as embodied by country superstar Waylon Jennings and his band the Waylors. WailOn - Tribute to Waylon Jennings and Outlaw Country has pulled together some of the best players around to pay loving homage to the music Waylon and his band produced.  

WailOn recreates a full 70's era Waylon Jennings and the Waylors stage show with nods to outlaw country greats, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and modern “outlaws” like Cody Jinks and Chris Stapleton. Featuring Chris Wiski as "Waylon" (Loon Suit, Legendary Losers, Gavel Down, Alter Ego, The Spirit of Johnny Cash, Dogtown Cadillac), Paula Bradley as "Jessi" (Dogtown Cadillac) - and the WailOn band: Archie Anderson, guitar/vocals (Steven L Smith Band, South Street Saints, The Spirit of Johnny Cash, Dogtown Cadillac); Les Wheeler, guitar/harmonica/vocals (The Spirit of Johnny Cash, Dogtown Cadillac); Joseph Woodul, drums (The Silver Arrow Band); Roger Noyes, pedal steel (Rusticator) and Kevin Maul (Robin & Linda Williams' band, The Burns Sisters band, The Lustre Kings, Billy Eli,  the Nouveaux Honkies, Miss Paula and the Twangbusters). Since 2015, multiple members of WailOn have also been honing their classic country skills as the backing musicians for fellow tribute group, The Spirit of Johnny Cash - consistently packing 500 to 800-seat theaters to capacity in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. 

The band is currently working on bookings with mid to large theaters around the country and is actively looking for local shows as well. Their next show is at the historic Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, NY on May 8 at 7:30 PM; tickets $15, social distancing and Covid protocols followed; limited to 100 people. Go to their website at or their Facebook page at for more information or to book; or call/text Chris Wisniewski at 518-951-9243 or email at 


WAILON WELCOMES pedal steel player Kevin Maul!!!

By WailOn, June 25, 2020

WailOn - Tribute to Waylon Jennings and the Outlaws of Music, is proud to welcome three amazing new musicians to our family:

Kevin Maul - pedal steel, vocals

Singer and steel guitarist Kevin Maul was part of Folk greats ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS's band for ten years then toured and recorded with the BURNS SISTERS Band until 2015 . He’s currently doing concerts and festivals with the LUSTRE KINGS, who backed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member WANDA JACKSON. He’s also records and tours with Texas songwriter BILLY ELI and Florida based roots duo the NOUVEAUX HONKIES. 

Kevin has performed with Soul/Blues icons the Holmes Brothers and has shared the stage with people like Greg Brown, Tim O'Brien, voodoo blues king John Mooney, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins, dobro master Jerry Douglas, and the Everly Brothers. He's been a frequent guest, along with Robin and Linda Williams, on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio program as well as Mountain Stage, E-Town and Austin City Limits.


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