Musik Was hört ihr gerade (Teil 11)

Willie and Kris

 


THE UNTOLD TRUTH OF THE HIGHWAYMEN.

By Amy Beeman - April 22nd 2021.
The Highwaymen were a supergroup made up of the cool guys of classic country: Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. The four prolific singer-songwriters shared a friendship and a love for music that translated into three albums over 10 years from 1985 to 1995: "Highwayman," "Highwayman 2," and "The Road Goes On Forever."
By the time Waylon, Willie, and the others decided to join forces, each already had long, successful careers under their belts and a string of hits that are still beloved classics today. Yet as a group, they only had one No. 1 single, and none of them even wrote it.
The song "Highwayman" was written by Jimmy Webb and had been recorded and played live by Glen Campbell. However, as country musician Marty Stuart tells it, he presented Cash with the song as a way to illustrate how the four men could collaborate, according to "Classic Country Music."

To back up a little bit, it wasn't Stuart's idea that Cash, Nelson, Jennings, and Kristofferson form the Highwaymen, but he was an early cheerleader.

According to the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, the idea for the four men to collaborate came in 1984 when Cash enlisted the three musicians to play on his Johnny Cash Christmas TV special that was filmed in Switzerland. Back at the hotel, they got to jamming and hanging out and realized it would be fun to team up and try something new.

But there was a little something else. According to Classic Country Music, Cash had been bummed around that time because his newer music wasn't doing as well as it did in earlier years. Stuart, who was Cash's son-in-law at the time, said Cash got his "first glimmer of hope" while in Switzerland playing with Jennings, Nelson, and Kristofferson.

But with four distinct singing voices, specifically between Cash and Nelson, harmonizing proved difficult at first. Stuart said he got the idea for the quartet to cover "Highwayman."

He brought it to Cash and said, "Listen, four verses, four guys, no harmony required."

Cash liked it, as long as he could sing the verse about the starship, Stuart recalled. The friends recorded "Highwayman," and it went on to be the supergroups only No.1 single. The song also won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Country Song, per AllMusic.

In 1985 when the country legends released the album "Highwayman," the supergroup had yet to name themselves. According to the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, the fellas simply listed their names: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

The group didn't start touring until 1990, and it was then that they took the name, Highwaymen, from their hit song and successful 1985 album, per the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum.

But a boss name like that was already spoken for. A folk group from the late 1950s and early 1960s called The Highwaymen didn't appreciate their name being taken and filed a lawsuit. The situation was easily smoothed over though, when according to the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, the folk group dropped the lawsuit in exchange for the opportunity to open for the new Highwaymen at a Los Angeles concert.

While the Highwaymen are often thought of as four buddies who liked to play music together, in reality, Cash and Nelson didn't really know each other that well prior to the Christmas special.

According to Classic Country Music, Stuart explained, "And what was interesting was that John and Willie didn't know each other really. John and Waylon were close, John and Kris were close, Kris and Willie were close, Waylon and Willie were close, but John and Willie were like this..." and he moves his fingers to signify being in proximity to each other but not interacting.

Cash's daughter and musician in her own right, Rosanne Cash, told Rolling Stone in 2016 that the Highwaymen "came out of pure friendship. There was no marketing guy who came and said, 'This will be a good idea.' My dad and Waylon were roommates in the '60s, hiding their drugs from each other. Kris is like his little brother for decades. ... They were all buddies, and they wanted to do it."

While the Highwaymen were a supergroup of four incredibly talented and influential musicians, it could've been a group of five. Per Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, Merle Haggard said in 2015 that Nelson, Kristofferson, Jennings, and Cash asked him to join them early on, but he turned down the offer.

Yet as much as the musicians were great friends, they were still men with their own political opinions and egos, and conflict sometimes arose as it does in any close relationship.

Shooter Jennings, Waylon's son, told Rolling Stone he remembers little skirmishes between some of the guys.

"My dad and Cash would get in a fight and not talk, or they'd get mad at Willie cause Willie had one more song than everybody else," he said. "They were like brothers up there, bickering with each other."

Another point of contention was between Jennings and Kristofferson, as Kristofferson had gotten political in the late 1980s, the Los Angeles Times reported, and he took it to the stage. Jennings felt like political stands were better left out of entertainment.

Jessi Colter, Jennings widow, spoke to Rolling Stone about it.

"Kris was very much into politics," Colton said. "Waylon never believed that you should use that platform of entertainment [for that], so that really chafed him, but he understood Kris, and Kris understood him .... It was a loving thing when Kris and Waylon got together, but onstage, when Kris would talk politics, Waylon wouldn't agree."

After the success of the Highwaymen's first album in 1985, their 1990 release, "Highwayman 2," didn't get the same commercial love as the debut album, AllMusic reported. Their 1995 album, "The Road Goes on Forever," saw even less success and was the last recording by the supergroup.

Jennings died in 2002 at just 64 years old of complications related to diabetes, ABC News reported, officially ending the Highwaymen's run. Cash followed shortly after in 2003. At 71, he also succumbed to health problems related to diabetes, per the Tennessean.

Columbia/Legacy released a Highwaymen box set in 2016 called "The Highwaymen Live — American Outlaws" that compiled some of their most memorable live performances.

In the PBS film "The Highwaymen: 'The Mount Rushmore of Country Music'", Nelson and Kristofferson talk about what their time with the Highwaymen meant to them.

"For me, it was heaven," Kristofferson said. "I was up there on stage with my heroes — the people that I worshiped ... We did nothing we didn't want to do. And we stood up for things we believed in. And it was a beautiful life that way."

Nelson said something similar.

"Well, I had three of my favorite people out there," he told PBS. "I love them all like brothers. We all got along good together, and we had fun together. We made a movie together. We toured the world a couple of times. And they're just some of the best times in my life."


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Twin Tribes – Shadows



This time of night feels like I’m losing my mind to find
The smell of blood in my dreams
Darkness and silence bring the fear in your eyes tonight
The cold invades you to sleep …
 
…sind wir nicht alle ein bißchen Cure for Fears? 🧸

Twin Tribes – Shrine



The candle melted as our flame flickered
Without seeing the future we knew
Deafening silence, dead in the dark
We shared this, and never left.
 

Anhänge

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Quasi der Beste Deichkind-Song der letzten Dekade. Eigentlich...


Eigentlich hab ich ziemlich viel Erfolg
Aber für mich fühlts sich an wie scheitern
Eigentlich mach ich jetzt viel
Sport, aber ich bin momentan leicht krank
Wegen Herzmuskelentzündung, da können die Bakterien leicht hin wandern

Eigentlich musste nicht ins Heim, aber wir brauchen dein Zimmer, Oma
Eigentlich mach ich Kunst, aber ich hätt's schon gern in Bar
Ich würd' dem da drüben eigentlich was
Geben, aber löst das wirklich sein Problem
Eigentlich wollt ich zum Feiern nach
Berlin, aber nun fahr' ich halt nach Bremn
 
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Ich kannte die nicht. Du, @Difool ?



Machen Spaß! Das Album hat schöne 00er-Vibes. Und das meine ich durchaus positiv!
 
Ich kannte die nicht. Du, @Difool ?
Machen Spaß! Das Album hat schöne 00er-Vibes. Und das meine ich durchaus positiv!
Ah, hatte bisher nur die Band „Pure Love“ auf dem Zettel gehabt, weil der Producer von den Foofighters deren Album aufgenommen hatte
und die Energie und der Sound dem entsprechend geil darauf ist. Frank Carter – die vorherige Seite von ihm ist ja derb' PunkRock-Style mit
loud und angry und so.

Pure Love – Handsome Devil's Club



We are the wrong and the guilty
We are the young and the unimpressed
We are the handsome devil's club
Lust, life and death …
 
@Ezekeel
btw. ich triggere mich gerade durch die Coldwave/PostPunk Nummern.

Asylum Party – La Nuit



Die Twin Tribes zieh' dir auch mal rein – habe ich bereits schon ein paar Nummer reingesetzt.
Asylum Party schockt auch ziemlich.

@iToxi
evtl. auch ein Trigger für dich diese beiden Bands?
 
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Von der recht abgehoben Show mit Pyro, tänzelnden Kardinälen oder Dreirädern auf der Bühne ist das hier noch meilenweit entfernt. Aber die fast chirurgische Präzision bei der Instrumentalisierung: Die war schon damals voll da.

 
Ein gechillter, aber doch gitarren-grooviger Song, etwas darker than blue, aber soll noch headbangbar sein?
Bitte:

The Beauty Of Gemina – In Your Eyes :dance2:



And I see it in you
I feel it in time
I see it in love
Can’t get out of my mind

You hold my arm
Your breath is in mine
Your skin is on mine
Beneath a mile of mud

It puts my entire mind out …
 
…hach, das erinnert mich immer an 6 Wochen Urlaub zum Norge Nordcap und zurück.
Das Konzert damals war aber auch ziemlich knorke – als es denn mal endlich statt fand.
Knöcheltief im Matsch bei Dauerregen, aber eine Meeeeenge Spaß. :crack:

blink-182 - ANTHEM PART 3



Everything that we've tried
We'll keep waking up to that light
We'll see rising of a new tide
We are starting up a new life
When your head is hanging too low
When your heart is about to explode
You can make it anywhere, go
There's no fear when you get here
Give up that ghost …
 
btw. quick & dirty but positv feeling …

blink-182 – Waggy :teeth:



Watching your house shrink away in my rear-view mirror
As I drive away
Wishing that I could take back all those words
That meant nothing that I didn't say
I'm trying
To be what you want me to be
But it's so damn hard to keep playing the part
Of the fool, week after week …
 
…times are sometimes dark …

The Beauty Of Gemina – Dark Revolution 🔥



This is the time for a dark revolution, I keep inside
This is the time for a dark revolution, I keep the demons inside
Feel the iron hot, feel the wrath of god
And loosing what's ... burning
Feel the iron hot, feel the wrath of god
And loosing what's ... burning …
 
genioooool :groove:
PiL

 
Ein Album für die Ewigkeit. Als Teenager fand ich deren Frühwerk unfassbar gut, heute ist mir das zu anstrengend. Die Schnittstelle zu den heutigen Neubauten ist zweifelsfrei das Album „Haus der Lüge“, welches deutlich zugänglicher war und mit Feurio und dem Titeltrack auch in dem einschlägigen Etablissements zu hören war. A propos Titeltrack:


Gott hat sich erschossen
Ein Dachgeschoss wird ausgebaut
 
Das Album, wenn es denn endlich mal kommen mag, sollte grandios werden.
Shannon, du kannst dich darauf freuen.

Blind Melon – Too Many To Count



Too many to count
You've taken them all
If one didn't kill ya
Then ya took ten more
Sideways, crooked
Genius in the sun
On fire, cross-eyed
Convincing only some
You're my hero, disaster
A leader full of love
You're a car crash on Sunset
You're my, my brother …
 
When them gone they stay …

Blind Melon – Wishing Well



When you fall back down
And you lost your crown
Get back up, walk around
Turn that frown upside down
Take my hand once again
We will all understand
Help you find a new plan

Whoooooa
It's time to help you …
 
im Sommer beim Zeltfestival Ruhr. Hab schon Bock…
 
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