Playing before a full house at the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on July 20, The Highwaymen Live paid tribute to the original Outlaws of Country Music with the songs of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson.
Taking the stage first, Waylon opened the show with “Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This” and “Don’t Y’all Think this Outlaw Bit”.
Next came the man in black himself – Johnny Cash with his signature smash hit “Folsom Prison Blues” complete with a city change from Reno to Buffalo…which brought a round of applause from the audience.
Waylon and Johnny shared the stage performing “Get Rhythm” – a song Johnny had originally written for Elvis Presley – and “Chain Gang” before Willie Nelson appeared on stage in a cloud of smoke.
Complete with video images and jokes that could have come right out of the “Hee Haw” cornfield, the show featured hit songs form all three legendary performers including “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, “Beer for My Horses”, “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, “Daddy Sang Bass”, “Good Ol’ Boys” (“Dukes of Hazzard” theme), “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, “Big River”, “Ring of Fire”, “On the Road Again”, “I Walk the Line”, “Luckenbach Texas”, “Poncho and Lefty”, “Hurt”, “Boy Named Sue”, “Always on My Mind”, “Good Hearted Woman”, and a salute to the troops and veterans from Waylon with “America”.
Not quite a hoedown with dancing in the aisles, the fans were not to be left out; they clapped and sang along to the song, and even shouted out a song title every now and then.
While very popular, tribute shows can sometimes be a risky venture, but The Highwaymen Live went beyond just performing the songs to actually embodying the performers for that once in a lifetime experience.
After the show Willie, Waylon, and Johnny met with fans and posed for photos.