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The Highwaymen announce deluxe concert box set, share “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” — watch

Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson get down and dirty in live concert performance

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    Photo by Jim McGuire

    It would be fair to call The Highwaymen country music’s first supergroup, but it would also be something of a misnomer. After all, “super” doesn’t even begin to describe the combined talents of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, four outlaws who did more to change the shape and tenor of country music than can be quickly described in words. Each of these men was a force to be reckoned with on his own, but when they joined forces in 1985 and released the stunning album Highwaymen, well, that’s when the magic really happened.

    That magic is now set to return thanks to Columbia/Legacy, who will be releasing The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws on May 20th. The deluxe box set includes three audio discs with tracks recorded live at New York’s Nassau Coliseum and various Farm Aid festivals, plus a DVD or Blu-ray featuring a previously unreleased full-length concert film recorded live at Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 1990.

    Today’s special video premiere comes from that concert footage, and it features Willie Nelson fronting the band for an emotional performance of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, a Fred Rose-penned song that also appears on Nelson’s classic 1975 album Red Headed Stranger. Check it out below, and scroll down to see the album artwork and tracklist for The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws.

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    For more of The Highwaymen, be sure to check out the forthcoming PBS American Masters documentary The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End. Airing May 27th, the doc features rare live and behind-the-scenes footage, plus interviews with Nelson, Kristofferson, Toby Keith, John Mellencamp, and others.

    The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws Album Artwork:

    Highwaymen_Live_AmericanOutlaws_Cover

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    The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws Tracklist:

    Audio Disc 1 (recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990):
    01. Mystery Train
    02. Highwayman
    03. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
    04. Good Hearted Woman
    05. Trouble Man
    06. Amanda
    07. There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang
    08. Ring Of Fire
    09. 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

    Audio Disc 2 (recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990):
    01. Silver Stallion
    02. The Last Cowboy Song
    03. Two Stories Wide
    04. Living Legend
    05. The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
    06. They Killed Him
    07. I Still Miss Someone
    08. Ragged Old Flag
    09. (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 Disc 3:
    01. Mystery Train
    02. Highwayman
    03. The King Is Gone (So Are You)
    04. I’ve Always Been Crazy
    05. The Best Of All Possible Worlds
    06. City Of New Orleans
    07. Folsom Prison Blues
    08. Intro/Highwayman
    09. Shipwrecked In The Eighties
    10. Desperados Waiting For A Train
    11. One Too Many Mornings (Previously Unreleased)

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    (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)

    Concert Film Disc 4
    (Recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990; Running time: approx. 2 hours 39 minutes)

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