Whey Jennings is opening up about his life, including his troubled past, his sobriety and more, in an upcoming documentary, Just a Good Ol’ Boy. The grandson of Waylon Jennings, the “Wild Child” singer shared a clip of the documentary on social media,
“I’ve been working my whole life to try and be the man I am today, up and down a lot of different roads,” Jennings says. “I was kind of a wild kid, got in a lot of trouble when I was young. I got in really a whole bunch of trouble when I was in Dallas. My brother wound up in prison. My mama said I needed to go out and live with my daddy. So I moved out to West Texas. That’s where I like to think I became a man.
“Before that, I was pretty irresponsible, got in trouble with the law and all kinds of crazy stuff,” he adds. “It’s where I met my Uncle Beau, and the first thing he said to me is, ‘You got any boots, boy?’ He took me out, bought me a pair of work boots.”
Jennings worked on a cotton farm for about ten years, until his mother, Katherine, got sick, and he returned home to take care of her.
“Her last request was for me to do something with music,” Jennings shares. “I went to rehab and learned more in 28 days than I did in 27 years of drug addiction. Ever since then, I’ve been sober. I’ve been sober for about three years now. I’m putting on the best shows of my life and writing some great music. I give all the glory to God on that. I pray every morning with my family, and I pray every night before I go to bed. I’m a firm believer that if you do right by God, He’ll do right by you.”
Jennings keeps a very busy tour schedule, but his favorite place to be is with his family when he isn’t performing.
“When the party’s all over, I go back home and I call my wife and kids, and we talk and pray,” Jennings shares. “I go to bed, I get up, get on the road and drive and go to the next show, until it’s time to go back home to my family. That’s what I look forward to every night, is getting back home to my family.”
Jennings used the time off of the road in 2020 to go to rehab and get sober, a life-altering experience for him.
“I had time to stop and think about what I was doing with my life, and realized that I’ve been pretty much all on it,” Jennings previously told Everything Nash “I’ve made some good racket out there. I’ve made a pretty good name for myself, but I don’t remember a lot of it. I’ve pretty much been wired for sound 27 years. It takes time. I went to rehab, and I learned a lot more there than I thought I would. I gave myself excuses for a lot of years. I thought, you go to rehab, you’re going to go in there and meet a bunch of new drug connections. But you know, if you go there for that, you will. I went there to get better. And I soaked up everything they had for me.”