The Highwaymen (country supergroup)

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The Highwaymen
Highwaymen.jpg
Background information
Also known asNelson, Jennings, Cash, Kristofferson
OriginU.S.A.
GenresCountry music (specifically Outlaw country)
Years active19851995
LabelsColumbia
Liberty
Associated actsJimmy Webb
Past membersJohnny Cash (†)
Waylon Jennings (†)
Willie Nelson
Kris Kristofferson
 
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The Highwaymen
Highwaymen.jpg
Background information
Also known asNelson, Jennings, Cash, Kristofferson
OriginU.S.A.
GenresCountry music (specifically Outlaw country)
Years active19851995
LabelsColumbia
Liberty
Associated actsJimmy Webb
Past membersJohnny Cash (†)
Waylon Jennings (†)
Willie Nelson
Kris Kristofferson

The Highwaymen was a Country music supergroup comprising four of the genre's biggest artists well known for their pioneering influence on the outlaw country subgenre: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Active between 1985 and 1995, these four artists recorded three major label albums as The Highwaymen: two on Columbia Records and one for Liberty Records. Their Columbia works produced three chart singles, including the Number One "Highwayman" in 1985.

While not credited as The Highwaymen, between the years of 1997 and 1999, Nelson, Kristofferson, Cash, and Jennings also provided the voice and dramatization for the Louis L'Amour Collection, a four CD box set of seven Louis L'Amour stories published by the HighBridge Company.

Besides the 4 members, only one recording vocal artist ever appeared on a Highwaymen recording: Johnny Rodriguez (Spanish vocal on 'Deportee', a Woody Guthrie cover, from "Highwayman").

Albums[edit]

Highwayman[edit]

Formed in 1985, the group did not have an official name when they released their first album on Columbia Records. The album, entitled Highwayman, was credited to "Nelson, Jennings, Cash, Kristofferson". The single "Highwayman", a Jimmy Webb cover, became a #1 country hit. Their cover of Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for a Train" reached the Top 20. (Clark is frequently referred to as "The Fifth Highwayman".) The album was produced by Chips Moman.

Highwayman 2[edit]

In 1990, the group reunited for a second effort, titled Highwayman 2, which reached #4 on the country album chart. The Lee Clayton-penned song "Silver Stallion" was the first single and made the country Top 40. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Highwayman 2 was produced, once again, by Moman. Six of the songs were written or co-written by members of the group.

The Road Goes on Forever[edit]

The group's final release prior to Jennings's death in 2002 was the 1995 Don Was-produced album The Road Goes on Forever, (a Robert Earl Keen cover), with the single, "It Is What It Is". The four singers then returned to their solo careers. A tenth-anniversary edition of The Road Goes on Forever appeared in 2005, with several bonus tracks added as well as, in some versions, a DVD containing the music video for "It Is What It Is" and a documentary entitled Live Forever – In the Studio with the Highwaymen.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[1]
US
[2]
CAN Country
[3]
AUSDENNOR
Highwayman19220
Highwayman 2
  • Release date: February 9, 1990
  • Label: Columbia Records
4799
The Road Goes On Forever421046811
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1995The Highwaymen Ride AgainColumbia
Super Hits
2005Country LegendsDeLuxe Holland
2010The Essential HighwaymenColumbia

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
US Country
[5]
CAN Country
[6]
CAN AC
[7]
AUS
1985"Highwayman"111998Highwayman
"Desperados Waiting for a Train"1520
1990"Silver Stallion"2521Highwayman 2
1995"It Is What It Is"The Road Goes on Forever
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

YearTitleDirector
1985"Highwayman"Peter Israelson
1990"Silver Stallion"Jon Small
1995"It Is What It Is"Lowe/Don Was

Video albums[edit]

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