From The Desk Of Amy Rigby: The Highwaymen

Amy Rigby is back with The Old Guys (Southern Domestic), her first solo album since 2005’s Little Fugitive. A veteran of NYC bands Last Roundup in the ’80s and the Shams in the ’90s, Rigby recorded the 12-track The Old Guys with husband and musical partner Wreckless Eric in upstate New York, where the couple resides. Not only is Rigby currently on tour in support of her new LP, she’s also guest editing all week.

Rigby: “Wait,” said my husband Eric, who spent the late ’80s through the ’90s living in the French countryside. “You’re telling me that Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash were all in a group together?”

“Yes,” I nodded vigorously, but suddenly it seemed so incredible that that much greatness had co-existed onstage and record, I began to doubt myself. “They wore these long coats and stood in a line … ” I trailed off, thinking I better find an example to show him (and myself) to prove it had really happened.

Then we watched about 20 different versions of the Highwaymen—Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash—live, singing a cosmic Jimmy Webb song called “Highwayman.”

Yes, there was a time when giants roamed the earth. Together. (Reminder to go see Willie or Kris if they come anywhere near.)