Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'The Highwaymen Live' box set on the way in May

Columbia/Legacy will release The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws, a deluxe new 3CD/1DVD (or 3CD/1 Blu-ray) box set from country music's legendary first supergroup on May 20.

It 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.

Additionally, there is 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, produced by longtime Willie Nelson colleague and band member Mickey Raphael and remixed by Tony Castle.

This compilation is produced by Mickey Raphael from original recordings produced by Chips Moman. The box set includes a booklet featuring new liner notes penned by noted music scholar and journalist Mikal Gilmore.

Columbia/Legacy will also release a new single disc compilation, The Very Best of The Highwaymen.

"The Highwaymen: Live At Nassau Coliseum" (a special broadcast edit of the concert film featured on The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws) is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations as part of June Pledge 2016 (check local listings).

Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio when

"American Masters - The Highwaymen: Friends Till The End," a new feature-length documentary, premieres on Friday, May 27 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).

The Highwaymen--Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson--were country music's first bonafide "supergroup," an epic quartet of blockbuster star power comprised of the four prime forces of America's outlaw country music revolution. An essential musical and cultural influence, the Highwaymen were active for the decade spanning 1985 to 1995, recorded three major label albums, charted hit singles (including their Number 1 debut, "Highwayman," which won the Best Country Song Grammy Award in 1986) and performed a variety of shows achieving mythic status for those lucky enough to have been there.

"There’s the four of us standing there, grouped around microphones. The Highwaymen. John, Kris, Willie, and me. I don’t think there are any other four people like us," wrote Waylon Jennings in Waylon: An Autobiography. "John says that we came together because we all have a life commitment to the music. We know the same songs, but we sing them from different perspectives. We can blend the early country of the Carter Family with Texas swing, southern gospel, and rockabilly, and each of us feels comfortable singing real slices of life. There’s not one of us who hasn’t come face to face with his own mortality, and many’s the time we’ve gone through our struggles and survivals together....That’s our friendship, unlocking any door that stands between us, and it keeps four very different individuals together."

Track listing:


1. Mystery Train
2. Highwayman
3. Mamas 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


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

Audio Discs 1 & 2 recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990


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

Tracks 1-6 recorded live at Farm Aid V, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas, March 14, 1992
Tracks 7-10 recorded live at Farm Aid VI, Cyclone Stadium, Ames, Iowa, April 24, 1993
Track 11 from the album Heroes by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, 1986; original recording produced by Chips Moman; 2014 vocals by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson: produced by Mickey Raphael; remixed by Tony Castle


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

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