THE Highwaymen were a music sensation – four legends of the music industry together on stage, so it's little wonder someone would want to recreate it.
When else have the likes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson shared the spotlight?
Each is legendary in his own right, but together as The Highwaymen they were a transcendent musical force.
Now Canadian-born performer and producer Dail Platz, along with Steve Taylor and Brent Lillie, has recreated the magic that is The Highwaymen.
The Highwaymen have a unique connection to Australia. They toured in 1991 and 1995, playing Newcastle, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, attracting hundreds of thousands to their concerts and generating enormous excitement among fans.
“This is a tribute in the true sense of the word,” Dail said.
“Putting the show together, we had an almost overwhelming amount of great material to choose from. The Highwaymen also recorded songs by other artists like Steve Earle and Bob Seger, and we have included these in the show as well.”
One of the most remarkable things about the show is that while Steve Taylor takes on Jennings and Brent Lillie performs as Kris Kristofferson, the multi-talented Dail multi-tasks in the roles of both Nelson and Cash.
“There are a couple of songs where both Willie and Johnny are on stage,” Brent said. “Willie actually starts the Highwayman song and Johnny does the fourth verse. While we (Brent and Steve) are singing, he discreetly changes from Willie to Johnny.”
All the Highwaymen's best songs are included: Desperadoes Waiting for a Train, Live Forever, Highwayman and more, along with individual classics like Luckenbach Texas, On the Road Again, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire and Help Me Make It Through The Night'.
The Highwaymen Tribute Show will be appearing at Armidale Bowling Club on Friday, August 19, commencing at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $25 and are available from the club or by booking on the club's website at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au.
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