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Frequently referred to as "the Mount Rushmore of country music," The Highwaymen--Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson were American country music's first bona fide supergroup, an epic quartet comprised of the outlaw country genre's pioneering stars.
"The myth of the American West--lawless lands, resolute heroes--takes on a grave, elegiac quality on this first, and best, collaboration from Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. There's little bravado here, just a sense of ticking time, of frontiers lost, cowboys singing their last songs. In the end, Highwayman works because it fuses mythic, serious material with the artists' own legendary personas and well-aged voices. Lesser lights would be lucky to muddle through Jimmy Webb's epic title track; these four cagey desperados make every fantastic image believable. If Chips Moman surrounds them with less than subtle layers of guitars, keyboards, and drums, he does update vintage progressive country in a suitably cosmic but rugged fashion. Romantic legends and production values notwithstanding, it's the tough, wise singing here that's the real draw." -Roy Kasten - All Music Guide
Highwayman • The Last Cowboy Song • Jim, I Wore A Tie Today • Big River • Committed To Parkview • Desperadoes Waiting For A Train • Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) • Welfare Line • Against The Wind • The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over