The song was of course made famous by The Highwaymen, the country supergroup composed of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, andKris Kristofferson back in 1985, and is still a country anthem to this day. Originally written by Jimmy Webb for his 1977 album El Mirage, it was also released by Glen Campbell in 1979.
And could you think of a better trio of guys to come together for a remake of this song?
The original Highwaymen were country music’s most notorious outlaws at the time, and Cody Jinks, Jamey Johnson, and Ward Davis all fit that modern-day mold very well.
They sang the song at the world-renown Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee back in 2018, and perhaps the best part of the rendition is the crowd… the fans are going absolutely nuts.
Could you blame them? Security would probably have to physically restrain me from jumping on stage and singing the song if I was there.
Now, it’s an intriguing thought of who would make the perfect fourth to this trio. Chris Stapleton? Colter Wall? Paul Cauthen? Maybe even Tyler Childers or Sturgill?