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The Highwaymen, “Live Forever”

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

“Live Forever” — The Highwaymen

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The Highwaymen Live: American Outlaws

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws is a deluxe new 3CD/1DVD box set of concert performances–including a previously unreleased complete concert on CD and DVD–from country music’s legendary first “supergroup,”, featuring Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws includes: a) two audio discs recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990; b) an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals and c) a previously unreleased full-length concert film recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990 and transferred from the original film reels especially for this collection.

As an added bonus, The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws debuts a previously unreleased recording of “One Too Many Mornings,” an alternate take of a Bob Dylan song which appeared on Heroes, a 1986 collaboration album by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. The track’s new incarnation on The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws includes vocals recorded by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson in 2014.

The concert was recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990
Running time: approx. 2 hours 39 minutes

Release Date: 5/20/2016

Tracklisting:

Disc: 1

  1. Mystery Train (Live)
  2. Highwayman (Live)
  3. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Live)
  4. Good Hearted Woman (Live)
  5. Trouble Man (Live)
  6. Amanda (Live)
  7. There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang (Live)
  8. Ring of Fire (Live)
  9. Folsom Prison Blues (Live)
  10. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (Live)
  11. Sunday Morning Coming Down (Live)
  12. Help Me Make It Through the Night (Live)
  13. The Best of All Possible Worlds (Live)
  14. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  15. City of New Orleans (Live)
  16. Always on My Mind (Live)
  17. Me and Bobby McGee (Live)

Disc: 2

  1. Silver Stallion (Live)
  2. The Last Cowboy Song (Live)
  3. Two Stories Wide (Live)
  4. Living Legend (Live)
  5. The Pilgrim: Chapter 33 (Live)
  6. They Killed Him (Live)
  7. I Still Miss Someone (Live)
  8. Ragged Old Flag (Live)
  9. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  10. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (Live)
  11. Night Life (Live)
  12. The King Is Gone (So Are You) [Live]
  13. Desperados Waiting for a Train (Live)
  14. Big River (Live)
  15. A Boy Named Sue (Live)
  16. Why Me (Live)
  17. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
  18. On the Road Again (Live)

Disc: 3

  1. Mystery Train (Live)
  2. Highwayman (Live)
  3. The King Is Gone (So Are You)
  4. I’ve Always Been Crazy (Live)
  5. The Best of All Possible Worlds (Live)
  6. City of New Orleans (Live)
  7. Folsom Prison Blues (Live)
  8. Intro / Highwayman (Live)
  9. Shipwrecked in the Eighties (Live)
  10. Desperados Waiting for a Train (Live)
  11. One Too Many Mornings

Disc: 4

  1. Intro
  2. Highwayman
  3. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
  4. Good Hearted Woman
  5. Trouble Man
  6. Amanda
  7. There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang
  8. Ring of Fire
  9. Folsom Prison Blues
  10. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
  11. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  12. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  13. The Best of All Possible Worlds
  14. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  15. City of New Orleans
  16. Always On My Mind
  17. Me and Bobby McGee
  18. Silver Stallion
  19. The Last Cowboy Song
  20. Two Stories Wide
  21. Living Legend
  22. The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
  23. They Killed Him
  24. I Still Miss Someone
  25. Ragged Old Flag
  26. (Ghost) Riders In the Sky
  27. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
  28. Night Life
  29. The King Is Gone (So Are You)
  30. Desperados Waiting for a Train
  31. Big River
  32. A Boy Named Sue
  33. Why Me
  34. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
  35. On the Road Again
  36. Credits
  37. Willie Nelson – Willie Nelson
  38. Waylon Jennings – Waylon Jennings
  39. Kris Kristofferson – Kris Kristofferson
  40. Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash
  41. Odds and Ends

“I’m Gonna Live Forever” — The Highwaymen

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

The Highwaymen First Time Together in Europe

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

The Highwaymen

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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by:  David Brown

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The chemistry among the musicians couldn’t be denied. “You wouldn’t think that our four uneven voices would blend,” Nelson has said. “But they did.” Mickey Raphael, who played harmonica on the album, recalls the men’s differing styles. “Johnny was bigger than life. Kris was the revolutionary, and Willie was the jokester,” he says. “Waylon was the conscience of the whole thing, very intense, the one who said, ‘Don’t screw this up.'”

“Loving Her Was Easier (than anything I’ll ever do again)” — The Highwaymen (1992)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

The Highwaymen, “Me and Bobby McGee”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

“Big River” — The Highwaymen

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The Highwaymen

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwaymen” goes gold (February 10, 1986)

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

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

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

www.BoulderCityReview
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.