Long before #SquadGoals was a thing, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings formed the supergroup, the Highwaymen. The foursome was an example of superstars coming together to share the spotlight and left fans with the group’s signature song “The Highwaymen.” The tune went to No. 1 in 1985, the group’s only chart-topper.
During the recent tribute concert for Kristofferson, The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson, in Nashville, Nelson and Kristofferson were joined on stage by Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings to sing the legendary hit. The elder Jennings died in 2002 and Cash in 2003.
The song follows the story of four men– outlaws if you will– Nelson, a bandit; Kristofferson, a doomed sailor; Jennings, a dam builder; and Cash (Johnson), a spaceship pilot.
The original video featured the stories and then men.