Country Western supergroup The Highwaymen gave the world the collaborative talents of some of the best songwriters ever. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson were all incredibly successful solo artists, but were friends above all of that, so they came together for some great tunes. This week, a rare, previously unreleased concert video of their performance of the song "Desperados Waiting for a Train" was shared on the band's Vevo page. Watch it right now.
Together, this supergroup released three albums, made the charts multiple times with hit singles and won the Grammy for Best Country Song thanks to the tune "Highwayman."
Filmed on March 4, 1990 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, this video shows us never-before-seen footage of the band, which showed how these different performers managed to come together as a group for some amazing tunes.
Check out this rare video right now (via Vevo):
In his recent autobiography, the late Waylon Jennings spoke about this concert (via The Daily Beast).
"When we first took the Highwaymen out live, it looked like four shy rednecks trying to be nice to each other. It almost ruined it," he wrote. "That didn't work, for us and the audience, and it was really bothering me, how different we were on stage than when we were sitting around in the dressing room. [At one point] I was fixin' to quit. I talked to John about it and he was feeling the same way. 'I get a little nervous,' he said. 'I don't want to look like I'm trying to steal your thunder.' That was it. We were boring each other and the audience. It may be hard to think of Johnny Cash as intimidated, but that's the way we were. You can't have four big guys tiptoeing around each other on stage. Nobody has a good time. By the end of the week, with Willie dancing across the stage and John and Kris singing harmony neck-and-neck, we had the wildest show, and it made us a group."