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

on May 11, 2016, 11:15am

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.

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

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)

(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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