Archive for the ‘Highwaymen’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwayman” recorded in Nashville (December 6, 1984)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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On December 6, 1984, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson record “Highwayman” at Nashville’s Moman Studios. Among the musicians on the session is guitarist Marty Stuart.

The Highwaymen at Farm Aid 1993

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

The Highwaymen

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Highwaymen: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

Hoover Dam and The Highwaymen

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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By Tanya Vece

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson are forever cemented in Hoover Dam’s history. The four legendary singers, along with National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jimmy Webb, all played a big role in the song “The Highwayman.”

Webb originally wrote “The Highwayman” for his 1977 album “El Mirage.” The song is about reincarnation and follows one man’s soul throughout four different times as he lives life as a highwayman, a sailor, a construction worker on the Hoover Dam and as a starship captain.

Webb told performingsongwriter.com the song was inspired by a vivid dream so real that it was destined for greatness. “I sat up in bed, sweating through my pajamas. Without even thinking about it, I stumbled out of bed to the piano and started playing ‘Highwayman.’ Within a couple of hours, I had the first verse.”

In the song, Webb references Boulder City, writing “I was a dam builder. Across the river deep and wide. Where steel and water did collide. A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado. I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below.”

Prior to writing “The Highwayman,” Webb composed songs for Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, and R.E.M. Webb also wrote the hit song “MacArthur Park,” which was recorded by Jennings in 1969 before being redone in 1978 as a disco tune by Donna Summer.

After “The Highwayman” didn’t gain success on “El Mirage,” Webb’s friend Glen Campbell decided to rerecord it. Capitol Records didn’t want Campbell to release the song, but Campbell believed in the song so much that he left Capitol Records after the company refused to record it. Like the wandering main character of the song, “The Highwayman” was about to be reborn.

Eight years after transitioning from dream to ink, Campbell played Webb’s “The Highwayman” for his friend Cash. Cash had formed an unnamed supergroup with Nelson, Jennings and Kristofferson. Campbell thought the four verses to “The Highwayman” would be perfect for the group to cover. Campbell also knew the unnamed quartet needed a proper song to mirror their outlaw country personas.

With four reincarnations of the same soul represented in “The Highwayman’s” lyrics, each singer took a verse. Nelson as the highwayman, Kristofferson as the sailor, Jennings as a builder of the Hoover Dam and Cash as the starship captain. Not only did the song work out perfectly for the group, the men adopted its title as the root of the super group’s name, The Highwaymen.

During their tenure as The Highwaymen, the quartet starred in a 1986 film titled “Stagecoach,” which filmed around the Arizona/Nevada desert border, not too far from Hoover Dam. Then, in 2005, Cash’s life, and part of his friendship with Jennings, was documented in the award-winning film “Walk the Line” starring my friend and actor Joaquin Phoenix as Cash. Jennings’ son, musician Shooter Jennings, portrayed his father in the film.

“The Highwayman” ended up winning a Grammy Award for best country song. The single became such a classic country staple that Nelson and Kristofferson revived it, performing it at the 2014 Grammy Awards with Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton.

More recently, Rolling Stone declared “The Highwaymen” as one of the best supergroups of all-time next to Mad Season with Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam).

Webb went on to become the only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and became its chairman in 2011. His book, “The Cake and the Rain: A Memoir,” was published this past April by St. Martin’s Press. It contains 352 pages of fascinating recollections and stories of peculiar events, like an epiphany during his teen years to speed to Las Vegas so he could meet Elvis.

Webb’s memoir is available in all major bookstores and on Amazon.com. You can follow Webb on Twitter at @RealJimmyWebb and review his tour dates at www.jimmywebb.com.

Tanya Vece is an entertainment and music writer who resides and volunteers in Boulder City. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @hollywoodwriter.

The HIghwaymen

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

This day in Willie Nelson History: “Highwayman” album certified Gold (Feb. 10, 1986)

Friday, February 10th, 2017

On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

“Big River” – The Highwaymen

Monday, December 19th, 2016

 

 

“City of New Orleans” – The Highwaymen

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again”

Monday, November 14th, 2016

From the Highwayman tour, in Aberdeen, Scotland 1992

The Highwaymen, “Big River”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

New Perfume inspired by The Highwaymen, “A scent that speaks to the roaming heart”

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The Highwaymen - Johnny Cash (left), Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon jennings

The Highwaymen – Johnny Cash (left), Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings

Highway

A scent that speaks to the roaming heart

With this new limited edition eau de parfum scent, Laurie uses a scented language to express her passion for life, love, and the wanderlust that we all feel now and again.

“I’m evoking new beginnings with this perfume,” Laurie says. “I’d been listening to The Highwayman, a song sung by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson… It’s a song about reincarnation and life’s changes and heartbreaks. That rambling, roaming change and the fluid nature of our lives is at the heart of this perfume.”

A winding road of citrus, berries, cedarwood, vanilla, and blue spruce.

“Highway”  is a perfume that speaks to the romantic, restless part of all of us that longs to be swept away, to sit by an open fire in the Scottish highlands drinking fine whisky or making love under the stars on a gently swaying sail boat that’s dropped its anchor somewhere far from prying eyes. It’s learning to tango and rekindling the passion with your partner that’s been hidden away in your everyday life of diapers and dishes. It speaks to faraway lands and far away lifetimes and the promise that if we breathe deeply enough and are willing to risk everything that we think that we are, that we can recreate ourselves to become the very person that we’ve always longed to be.

I get that this is a whole lot of promise for one little bottle of perfume, but synergistically that’s the way that this scent works. Laurie Stern works only with the finest botanical essences and many of them are extremely rare and very very old,  which is why her finest perfumes are limited editions. Most of them are accords that you’d never have the privilege of experiencing any other way.  Her “Highway” is the story of the long, passionate and winding road of life, as told by one of the most skilled perfumers alive today and it’s impossible to smell it and not have it evoke a deep excitement and lust for life.

-BETH SCHREIBMAN GEHRING, Perfumerotica 2016

 

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The Highwaymen

Monday, August 15th, 2016

“Highwaymen: Live at Nassau Colleseum” ( on PBS tonight (Thurs, June 9, 2016)

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Other air dates, or at least here in Colorado:

  • Sunday, June 5 at 8:30 pm on 12.1
  • Monday, June 6 at 1:00 am on 12.1
  • Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 pm on 12.1
  • Saturday, June 11 at 11:00 am on 12.1
  • Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 pm on 12.1

 

“Loving Her Was Easier” — The Highwaymen (Scotland) (1992)

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Message of the Highwaymen

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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Director and producer Jim Brown talks about the making of The Highwaymen: Friends Til The End, his admiration for the musicians’ camaraderie, passion for music and having a clear purpose in their careers. American Masters — The Highwaymen: Friends Til The Endpremieres nationwide Friday, May 27, 2016, at 9/8c on PBS (check local schedule) as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series, exploring how these men came together and the fruits of their historic collaboration.