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The Message of the Highwaymen

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016


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.

Willie Nelson and Family with Kris Kristofferson, in Cherokee, North Carolina

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016


Thanks to Andy Bush, who followed Willie Nelson & Family from the Atlanta, Georgia show to Cherokee, North Carolina, for another show last night.  Andy said Kris came out and sang with Willie for ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I  Die”, and the gospel set, on both nights.

Willie Nelson fans waiting for a show in Georgia

Friday, May 20th, 2016


Thanks to Andy Bush for sharing photos from the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Georgia tonight.  Andy said that President Carter was in the audience.

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers, Merle Haggard’s band, also performed, in celebration of Merle.


Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, The Strangers (Florence, SC) (May 19, 2016)

Thursday, May 19th, 2016


Honoring Merle Haggard

May 19

Willie Nelson & Family with special guests Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers featuring Ben and Noel Haggard honoring Merle Haggard

Join us for a special concert event honoring the late Merle Haggard with legendary musician Willie Nelson & Family plus a very special guest and another original Highwaymen, Kris Kristofferson LIVE in concert. Also joining the lineup is Merle Haggard’s incredibly talented sons, Ben and Noel, collectively known as The Strangers performing on May 19th in honor of their father.

  • Arena, Florence, SC
  • $30, $45, $55
  • All tickets are for Reserved Seating: $30.00, $45.00, Floor $55.00 -additional fees may apply
  • May 19, 2016 8:00 pm
  • Buy Tickets Now

Willie Nelson announces Fourth of July Picnic 2016 Lineup

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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photo:  Rick Diamond
by:  Joseph Hudek

Willie Nelson has announced the lineup for his storied 4th of July Picnic, held this year at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. The roster is among the Independence Day party’s most diverse, with aggro-country outlaw Brantley Gilbert sharing space with Lone Star state songbird Lee Ann Womack.

Founded in 1973, Nelson staged his inaugural picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside of Austin. Last year’s event featured Eric Church, frequent Nelson collaborator Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and the late Merle Haggard.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th, at 10:00 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster, Live Nation and the Circuit of the Americas website.

“I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together,” Nelson said last year about the picnic. “I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be. I thought it would be a nice idea to this year have it back in Austin.”

The always-on-the-road Nelson is also set to perform at the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival Hall of Fame Inductions on October 12th, as well as headline the ACL Fest’s two weekends earlier that month.



Kris Kristofferson to release 16- CD music collections to celebrate his 80th

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
photo:  Rick Diamond
by: Stephen L. Betts

The 80th birthday of songwriter, actor and country-music icon Kris Kristofferson will be celebrated next month with the release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection, a 16-CD deluxe box set from Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. Due June 10th, the collection will consist of 11 of Kristofferson’s studio albums spanning the entire decade of the Seventies. At the same time he was recording his own material, Kristofferson’s massive song catalog was mined for hits by artists ranging from Janis Joplin (“Me and Bobby McGee”) to Ray Price (“For the Good Times”) and beyond.

All of the albums in the collection, released from 1970 through 1981, will be individually packaged in facsimile sleeves reproducing the original album artwork. Five additional albums in the set will spotlight rare and unreleased live and studio recordings encompassing Kristofferson’s years recording for the Monument and Columbia labels, with three concert recordings (two of them previously unreleased) from 1970-1972 and two full discs of rarities – non-LP singles, studio outtakes, previously unavailable demos – and more.

The package will also include a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for the project, including an introduction to Kristofferson contributed by his fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster, the founder of Monument Records who signed the Texas native and former Army pilot to a songwriting contract at Combine Music and a recording pact with the Monument label. Producer/musician Don Was contributes an aesthetic appreciation titled “Kris Kristofferson True American Hero,” and the set also features an insightful essay on Kristofferson’s artistry penned by longtime Rolling Stone contributor Mikal Gilmore.

One week after the boxed set is issued, the Grammy-winning legend will release a double album, The Cedar Creek Sessions, 25 songs recorded over a three-day period in the summer of 2014. The set includes stripped-down versions of some of Kristofferson’s most revered tunes, including “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” a dark, meditative tune he penned while living in a tenement and going through a divorce. Johnny Cash would go on to record it in 1970, winning Kristofferson CMA Song of the Year honors for it.

In March, the Nashville tribute concert, “The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” featured performances by Willie Nelson, Reba, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris and more.

The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection:

Kristofferson (Monument, 1970)

The Silver Tongued Devil and I (Monument, 1971)

Border Lord (Monument, 1972)

Jesus Was a Capricorn (Monument, 1972)

Spooky Lady’s Sideshow (Monument, 1974)

Breakaway—Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (Monument, 1974)

Who’s to Bless…and Who’s to Blame (Monument, 1975)

Surreal Thing (Monument, 1976)

Easter Island (Monument/Columbia, 1978)

Shake Hands With the Devil (Monument/Columbia, 1979)

To the Bone (Monument/Columbia, 1981)

Bonus Discs:

Live at The Big Sur Folk Festival (recorded 1970, previously unreleased)

The WPLJ-FM Broadcast (recorded 1972, previously unreleased)

Live at the Philharmonic (recorded 1972/released 1992)

Extras (previously released non-LP singles, outtakes and appearances)

Demos (previously unreleased)




Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton, “Highwaymen”

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The Highwaymen Live: American Outlaws (Release date: 5/20/2016)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

by:  Samantha Stephens

It’s Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson like you’ve never experienced them. That’s because this concert footage has never been seen before.

CMT has the video premiere of the super group’s performance of “Good Hearted Woman,” recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on March 14, 1990.

It’s all part of the new collection The Highwaymen Live — American Outlaws, a CD/DVD package arriving May 20 with previously unreleased concert performances from the legends.

In addition to the complete concert from their 1990 tour, the Columbia/Legacy package includes various performances at Farm Aid and a previously unreleased version of Cash and Jennings’ take on Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings.”

American Masters — The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End, a new feature-length documentary on the supergroup, will premiere May 27 on PBS.

Enter to Win Tickets to see Willie Nelson & Family in Florence, SC (May 19, 2016)

Saturday, April 30th, 2016


If You Go:

WHAT: Willie Nelson and Family – Live in Concert

WHEN: 8 p.m. May 19

WHERE: Florence Civic Center

ADMISSION: A limited number of tickets to the May 19 show are still available. Tickets range from $30 to $55 and can be purchased online or at the Florence Civic Center box office.

by:  Deborah Swearingen

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Civic Center has announced a new lineup for the May 19 Willie Nelson concert after the unexpected death of the show’s co-headliner, Merle Haggard, in early April.

Kris Kristofferson and a country group called The Strangers, featuring Haggard’s sons, Ben and Noel, will join Nelson on the stage for the show that will now honor Haggard’s legacy.

“Obviously no one could ever replace Merle Haggard,” said Nick Hooker, senior marketing manager at the venue. “That was not the objective. It was to bring in someone of the same stature in more of an honorary role.”

Hooker said he knew the tour was working on some big names that would be appropriate for the concert but did not have confirmation of the new lineup until Thursday afternoon.

“It’s great news. We’re very excited,” he said. “Kris Kristofferson is one of the original outlaws of country music, one of the original members of the Highwaymen just like Willie Nelson.”

Kristofferson is a three-time Grammy-award winner and has recorded 28 albums, including three with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen.

Plus, Hooker said, it will be a wonderful experience to have Haggard’s two sons join the lineup in honor of their father.

“I think that is a deeply passionate and wonderful notion that they’re willing to hop on the tour, head to Florence and perform for all of Merle’s fans,” he said.

There was a lot of concern when Haggard died, Hooker said, but fans were considerate of the situation.

“The fans were very patient through this ordeal, and we really appreciate their understanding and their support,” he said.

A very limited number of tickets to the May 19 show are still available. Tickets range from $30 to $55 and can be purchased online at or at the Florence Civic Center box office.



Happy Birthday to Buddy Cannon (whenever it is)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016


Today is producer/musician/songwriter Buddy Cannon’s birthday, that is if you can believe everything you read on the internet, and you know I do.***

Happy Birthday, Buddy!  And thanks for all the great music.

*** someone told me it was in August, but it doesn’t matter

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

All-star tribute to Kris Kristofferson at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, on March 16, 2016

(Thanks to the fan who posted this to youtube, who wrote: “I apologize for the abrupt ending. My phone ran out of memory.”)

The Highwaymen, “Desperados Waiting for a Train”

Friday, April 15th, 2016


Johnny, Waylon & Willie do ‘Desperados Waiting for a Train’ in previously unseen footage.

There aren’t four more recognizable or legendary faces in music—country or otherwise—than those that comprised supergroup The Highwaymen. Formed unintentionally in 1984 in Montreux, Switzerland, when Johnny Cash invited Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings to be guests on a Christmas special he was taping, the foursome found a collaborative creative fire that would etch itself forever into the lore of country music.

“There’s the four of us standing there, grouped around microphones,” wrote Jennings in his autobiography, Waylon: An Autobiography. “The Highwaymen. John, Kris, Willie, and me. I don’t think there are any other four people like us. If we added one more, or replaced another, it would never work.”

Having four established artists known for doing what they want, when they want, work together is the sort of endeavor that can explode brilliantly or implode dramatically with equal ferocity. When it came to playing live for The Highwaymen, it was almost the latter, until the moment when they found a way to come together. Jennings addressed this in his book as well.

“When we first took The Highwaymen out live, it looked like four shy rednecks trying to be nice to each other. It almost ruined it. That didn’t work, for us and the audience, and it was really bothering me, how different we were on stage than when we were sitting around in the dressing room. [At one point] I was fixin’ to quit. I talked to John about it and he was feeling the same way. ‘I get a little nervous,’ he said. ‘I don’t want to look like I’m trying to steal your thunder.’ That was it. We were boring each other and the audience. It may be hard to think of Johnny Cash as intimidated, but that’s the way we were. You can’t have four big guys tiptoeing around each other on stage. Nobody has a good time. By the end of the week, with Willie dancing across the stage and John and Kris singing harmony neck-and-neck, we had the wildest show, and it made us a group.”

Over the course of their decade-long run, The Highwaymen released three records, charted multiple singles, and won a Grammy for Best Country Song for their tune, “Highwayman,” as well as playing barn-burner live shows that will forever rate as “you should have been there.” You can watch part of one of those performances below, featuring the song “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” filmed March 4, 1990, at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

While there will never be another group like The Highwaymen, their legacy lives on with a celebratory new multimedia box set, The Highwaymen Live—American Outlaws, out May 20. Featuring unreleased footage—including the entire Nassau concert as well as Farm Aid performances—and songs, as well as wildly fun to read liner notes from music scholar Mikal Gilmour, the box set is complemented by a PBS documentary, American Masters—The Highwaymen, ’til the End, which premieres May 27.

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Mickey Raphael, photo by Danny Clinch

Friday, April 8th, 2016


“The day of my 50th birthday, I spent with these guys.” — Danny Clinch

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson in Aurora, IL (June 25, 2016)

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
photo:  Rick Diamond

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson will perform June 25 at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., directly across from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center.

Online ticket sales start at 10 a.m. March 25 at
Tickets are $40 through May 31 and $50 starting June 1.

Phone and in-person sales start April 8. For information, call the RiverEdge box office at 630-896-6666, or stop by in person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Scooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, “Highwaymen”

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

by:  Lorie Liebig

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, the two living members of country supergroup the Highwaymen, reunited on stage during a star-studded concert in Nashville last week.

On March 16, dozens of artists assembled at the Bridgestone Arena for The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, a concert event that paid tribute to the acclaimed singer-songwriter. During the show, Nelson joined Kristofferson along with Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson, who represented the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Although country fans will never get to see the original foursome take the stage together again, Jennings and Johnson were able to channel the spirit of the late icons for their memorable performance.