Exclusive clip: ‘American Masters’ does The Highwaymen

The PBS arts strand revisits Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings' landmark country supergroup in a documentary that airs on Friday (May 27).
May 26, 2016

‘American Masters’ is revisiting the career of country music supergroup The Highwaymen to coincide with the release of a new box-set of rare live performances.

On Friday (May 27), the PBS biography strand will air director Jim Brown’s The Highwaymen: Friends till The End as part of its 30th anniversary season.

Produced by Brown, Sony Music Entertainment and THIRTEEN, the doc explores how country legends Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson came together, formed a band and recorded three albums that set the standard for the outlaw country genre.

In this exclusive clip shared with realscreen, Kristofferson and Cash’s son John Carter Cash discuss the role of spirituality in each of the members’ lives as well as the recording of “Everyone Gets Crazy,” off the group’s 1995 album The Road Goes On Forever.

The doc also features archival interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes footage shot on the road and in the studio with producer Don Was, as well as interviews with Nelson, Jennings’ wife Jessi Colter, band members Reggie Young, Mickey Raphael and Robby Turner, managers Mark Rothbaum and Lou Robin, and musicians John Mellencamp, Ray Benson and Toby Keith.

  • American Masters – The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End premieres on May 27 at 9 p.m. EST (check local listings) on PBS. 
  • Check out an exclusive clip below (U.S. only)

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