White Mansions is a 1978 album by various artists documenting the lives of white people in the Confederacy during the Civil War. The songs on the album were written by Paul Kennerley and are performed by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, John Dillon and Steve Cash. Each singer took on a separate and distinct persona, portraying different characters in an attempt to show the Confederacy and the concept of "Southern pride" through said characters' eyes; in essence, therefore, White Mansions is a concept album. Eric Clapton played guitar on several tracks. The album charted at #38 on the Country Billboard chart and #181 on the Billboard 200. The album was re-released in 1999 in a two-for-one package with The Legend of Jesse James, a 1980 concept album conceived by Kennerley. Characters: The four main characters portrayed in the album are: Matthew J. Fuller (played by John Dillon) - The 23-year-old son of a Southern cotton planter, he received a full education in college and military academy. When the Civil War begins, he joins the Confederate Army infantry regiment as a captain., Polly Ann Stafford (played by Jessi Colter) - Matthew's significant other; at the start of the war, she begins working in a hospital, tending to wounded and dying soldiers., Caleb Stone (played by Steve Cash) - Representing the stereotype of "white trash", Caleb is a man who possesses neither a permanent job nor his own property or land, opting instead for accepting random jobs requiring little skill. He detests the powerful plantation owners of the South and fights against the Union to "preserve his superiority over the blacks"., The Drifter (played by Waylon Jennings) - The Drifter is the album's narrator. His real name is not known, but the listener is told that was wounded fighting for Texas in the U.S.-Mexican War; during the Civil War, he doesn't participate in the fighting, traveling from town to town and commenting on the events that unfold instead., In addition, a single brief track is performed by Rodena Preston's Voices of Deliverance credited as "The Slaves"; this, as is explained in the liner notes, is symbolic, in that, "despite the fact that they represented over a third of the population of the South, their voice was seldom heard". Track listing: All songs written by Paul Kennerley, except "White Trash" (Bernie Leadon/Kennerly). "Story to Tell (The Preface)" - 2:52 Performed by Polly, , "Dixie, Hold On" - 3:14 Performed by Waylon Jennings, , "Join Around the Flag" - 2:16 Performed by Matthew, , "White Trash" - 3:55 Performed by Caleb, , "Last Dance and the Kentucky Racehorse" - 5:26 Performed by Matthew and Polly, , "Southern Boys" - 2:58 Performed by Caleb, , "Union Mare and the Confederate Grey" - 3:53 Performed by Jennings, , "No One Would Believe a Summer Could Be So Cold" - 2:59 Performed by Matthew, , "The Southland's Bleeding" - 4:12 Performed by Jennings, , "Bring Up the Twelve Pounders" - 0:26 Performed by Matthew, , "They Laid Waste to Our Land" - 2:33 Performed by Caleb, Matthew and Jennings, , "Praise the Lord" - 1:09 Performed by the Slaves, , "The King Has Called Me Home" - 3:13 Performed by Caleb, , "Bad Man" - 3:04 Performed by Matthew, , "Dixie, Now You're Done" - 3:13 Performed by Jennings, , v, t, e, Waylon Jennings Albums, Singles, Studio albums JD's, Folk-Country, Leavin' Town, Nashville Rebel, Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan, Love of the Common People, The One and Only, Hangin' On, Only the Greatest, Jewels, Just to Satisfy You, Waylon, Singer of Sad Songs, The Taker/Tulsa, Cedartown, Georgia, Good Hearted Woman, Ladies Love Outlaws, Lonesome, On'ry and Mean, Honky Tonk Heroes, This Time, The Ramblin' Man, Dreaming My Dreams, Are You Ready for the Country, Ol' Waylon, I've Always Been Crazy, What Goes Around Comes Around, Music Man, Black on Black, It's Only Rock + Roll, Waylon and Company, Never Could Toe the Mark, Turn the Page, Sweet Mother Texas, Will the Wolf Survive, Hangin' Tough, A Man Called Hoss, Full Circle, The Eagle, Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A., Ol' Waylon Sings Ol' Hank, Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt, Waymore's Blues (Part II), Right for the Time, Closing In on the Fire, Waylon Forever, Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings, Live albums Waylon Live, Never Say Die: Live, Live from Austin, TX, Never Say Die: The Final Concert, Singles 1960s "That's the Chance I'll Have to Take", "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)", "Anita, You're Dreaming", "Time to Bum Again", "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me", "Green River", "Mental Revenge", "The Chokin' Kind", "Walk On Out of My Mind", "I Got You" with Anita Carter, "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line", "Yours Love", "Something's Wrong in California", "The Days of Sand and Shovels", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", 1970s "Singer of Sad Songs", "The Taker", "(Don't Let the Sun Set on You) Tulsa", "Mississippi Woman", "Under Your Spell Again" with Jessi Colter, "Cedartown, Georgia", "Good Hearted Woman", "Sweet Dream Woman", "Pretend I Never Happened", "You Can Have Her", "We Had It All", "You Asked Me To", "This Time", "I'm a Ramblin' Man", "Rainy Day Woman", "Dreaming My Dreams With You", "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way", "Can't You See", "Are You Ready for the Country", "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", "I've Always Been Crazy", "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand", "Amanda", "Come With Me", "I Ain't Living Long Like This", 1980s - 1990s "Clyde", "Good Ol' Boys", "Storms Never Last" with Jessi Colter, "Shine", "Just to Satisfy You" with Willie Nelson, "Women Do Know How to Carry On", "Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)", "Breakin' Down", "Hold On, I'm Comin'" with Jerry Reed, "The Conversation" with Hank Williams, Jr., "I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)", "Never Could Toe the Mark", "America", "Waltz Me to Heaven", "Drinkin' and Dreamin'", "The Devil's on the Loose", "Working Without a Net", "Will the Wolf Survive", "What You'll Do When I'm Gone", "Rose in Paradise", "Fallin' Out", "My Rough and Rowdy Days", "If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now", "How Much Is It Worth to Live in L.A.", "Which Way Do I Go (Now That I'm Gone)", "Trouble Man", "You Put the Soul in the Song", "Wrong", "Where Corn Don't Grow", "What Bothers Me Most", "The Eagle", "Just Talkin'", "Too Dumb for New York City", "Wild Ones", "I Know About Me Don't Know About You", "Outlaw Shit", Collaborations Waylon & Willie Albums: Waylon & Willie, WWII, Take It to the Limit, Clean Shirt, Super Hits, Singles: "The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)", "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", "Take It to the Limit", "If I Can Find a Clean Shirt", Other collaborations Country-Folk with The Kimberlys, Leather and Lace with Jessi Colter, Heroes with Johnny Cash, Old 97's & Waylon Jennings with Old 97's, Collaboration singles "MacArthur Park" with The Kimberlys, "Suspicious Minds" with Jessi Colter, "Good Hearted Woman" with Willie Nelson (Re-recording), "Suspicious Minds" with Jessi Colter (Re-release from Wanted! The Outlaws), "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" with Johnny Cash, "Wish I Was Crazy Again" with Johnny Cash, "The Wild Side of Life/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" with Jessi Colter, "Leave Them Boys Alone" with Hank Williams, Jr. and Ernest Tubb, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" with Johnny Cash, "Ballad of Forty Dollars" with Johnny Cash, "Somewhere Between Ragged and Right" with John Anderson, "High Ridin' Heroes" with David Lynn Jones, "One Good Love" with Neil Diamond, Compilations The Best of Waylon Jennings, Don't Think Twice, Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line, Heartaches by the Number, Greatest Hits, Waylon's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, The Best of Waylon, Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years, The Journey: Six Strings Away, The Journey: Destiny's Child, The Restless Kid: Live at JD's, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Waylon Jennings, RCA Country Legends, Ultimate Waylon Jennings, 16 Biggest Hits, Nashville Rebel, The Essential Waylon Jennings, Related articles The Waylors, Outlaw country, Wanted! The Outlaws, "We Are the World", Highwaymen, Old Dogs, v, t, e, Jessi Colter Studio albums A Country Star is Born, I'm Jessi Colter, Jessi, Diamond in the Rough, Mirriam, That's the Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls, Ridin' Shotgun, Rock and Roll Lullaby, Jessi Colter Sings Just for Kids: Songs from Around the World, Out of the Ashes, Collaboration albums Wanted! The Outlaws, Leather and Lace, Compilations The Jessi Colter Collection, The Very Best of Jessi Colter: An Outlaw...a Lady, Top 40 hits "Suspicious Minds" (with Waylon Jennings), "Under Your Spell Again" (with Waylon Jennings), "I'm Not Lisa", "What's Happened to Blue Eyes", "It's Morning (And I Still Love You)", "I Thought I Heard Calling My Name", "Storms Never Last" (with Waylon Jennings), "The Wild Side of Life"/"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (with Waylon Jennings), See also Discography, Waylon Jennings, Shooter Jennings, Capitol Records

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