Country music is the lifeblood of Whiskey Riff, and we pride ourselves on standing firmly in the corner of the independent artists, and those few in the mainstream still doing it the right way. Whether it’s Waylon, Willie and legends of the past, or superstars in the making like Zach Bryan, our finger is always on the pulse of true country music. From Texas to Tennessee, Appalachia to Bakersfield, Whiskey Riff is THE unapologetic voice of the country music fan.
A RIFF on what makes the great outdoors…great.
“Country” is more than just a steel guitar. It’s a lifestyle. A mindset. A cold beer, hot grill and the great outdoors. A lifestyle so perfectly captured by the country greats of yesterday, but still alive and well today in artists who truly get it.
Whiskey Riff is that lifestyle.
Say goodbye to boredom.
The best playlists in country music…period.
On ‘Whiskey Riff Raff,’ Steve Gazibara and Wes Langeler give an unfiltered and unapologetic take on country music, life, and all the craziness that comes with it. Laugh with us. Rant with us. Drink with us.
A legendary song, from a legendary group.
I mean, when you put four of the biggest names in the history of country/western music together, you’re destined for greatness. And that’s exactly what we got.
Formed in 1985, The Highwaymen is country supergroup composed of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. Their lead single, “Highwayman” was originally written by Jimmy Webb for his 1977 album El Mirage, it was also released by Glen Campbell in 1979.
A song essentially about reincarnation, it takes you through the journeys of a highwayman, a sailor, a dam builder, and a starship pilot, and how they meet their fate, yet they’re still alive.
Inspired by a vivid, drunken dream that Jimmy had, it’s the definition of badass storytelling.
And that creativity was rewarded on this date in 1985, when the song top the Billboard Hot Country Charts, spending 20 weeks on the chart in total.
36 years ago today… and the rest is history.
And who could forget live at Nassau Coliseum in 1990.
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