The Highwaymen were THE country supergroup. Affectionately known as “the Mount Rushmore of Country Music” For 10 years from 1985 to 1995, four of the most iconic names in music history; Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson, came together for 3 unforgettable albums. “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train”, the late Guy Clark masterpiece recorded by The Highwaymen for their first album, was released to great fanfare. Their stage shows were masterful with each legend taking turn to showcase a huge backlog of hits, sung with a tongue in cheek smile by the friends and country outlaws.
The Highwaymen are being celebrated with a new live boxed set, entitled American Outlaws curated by Highwaymen and Willie Nelson harmonica player Mickey Raphael. The live set showcases the group on Cash’s “Big River”, Nelson’s “On the Road Again, and Kristofferson’s Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” along with other classic country mainstays.
The group will also be showcased on PBS’s ongoing series, American Masters, providing fans a glimpse in to the backstory and the 10 year run of the band with interviews from Nelson, Kristofferson, John Carter Cash, John Mellancamp, and Toby Keith. Concert footage from the 1990 Uniondale, NY performance include favorites “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”, and “Highwaymen”.
The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws is 3 CD box set of concert performances released on May 20th.
The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End, part of the American Masters series premieres on May 27th at 9PM on PBS.