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Music Icon Waylon Jennings Celebrated In New Star-Studded Live Concert Film And Recording

Music Icon Waylon Jennings Celebrated In New Star-Studded Live Concert Film And Recording


New York, NY (Top40 Charts / Legacy Recordings) Blackbird Presents, CMT, and Sony Legacy are proud to announce the broadcast premiere and audio/video release of Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings. A collection of music's legendary Outlaws and rising superstars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in Austin, Texas at ACL Live at The Moody Theater to celebrate the songs of music legend Waylon Jennings. On Friday, April 7, 2017, the two-hour broadcast premiere will air on CMT at 10 pm ET/PT, and Sony Legacy will release the concert film as a CD/DVD combo / digital download which is available for immediate preorder at Amazon.com and http://waylonoutlaw.com.

Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Jessi Colter, Robert Earl Keen, and Bobby Bare.

The project was created by Keith Wortman and Mark Rothbaum, along with legendary Outlaws and musicians Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings. Colter and Jennings also delivered their own heart-melting performances that evening in honor of Waylon's music.

Keith Wortman, Mark Rothbaum, Freddy Fletcher, and Jessi Colter are the executive producers. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/musician Don Was and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/songwriter Buddy Cannon served as co-music directors on the project.

Was (bass) also led the all-star house band backing the performers, which featured Buddy Miller (guitar), Patrick Buchanan (guitar), Robby Turner (pedal steel), Raymond Weber (drums), Richie Albright (drums), Matthew Rollings (B-3, keyboards, & accordion), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), and Kari Kimmel, Carmel Echols and Sara Mann (backing vocals).

If any one performer personified the Outlaw movement, it was Waylon Jennings. Over his sixty-plus albums, and with his imposing baritone and stripped-down musical style, he changed the world of country music and became a superstar. A Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee and GRAMMY award-winning artist—including Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group with Willie Nelson—Waylon Jennings is an unmistakable country legend.

The two-hour broadcast premiere and CD/DVD combo / digital download includes a range of Jennings classics, such as "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (performed by Willie Nelson and Toby Keith), "Lonesome, On'ry And Mean" (performed by Eric Church), "I Ain't Living Long Like This" (performed by Chris Stapleton), a very special performance of "Highwayman," (performed by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson) and an all-star grand finale performance of "Luckenbach, Texas."

"Waylon Jennings was my friend, brother, and musical soul mate," Willie Nelson says. "All of these performers came together to pay tribute to an original Outlaw."

"Waylon had the courage to kick in the doors of country music. He paved the way for artists with country roots to push into rock, soul, and jazz. Waylon was a true original - to himself, to his fans, and always to the music," says Wortman. "This show is a testament to how special he remains to artists and fans."

In a heartfelt reflection on the project, Jessi Colter recalled a beautiful lyric she wrote -

"You did hang the moon, didn't you Waylon?"
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
About Blackbird Presents
Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events & festivals, broadcast series & specials and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics. http://blackbirdpresents.com

Blackbird's recent concerts, broadcast specials, and releases include The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, We Walk The Line: A Celebration Of The Music Of Johnny Cash, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, Outlaw Music Festival, Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz, Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia, The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris, Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music and All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman, the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal's awe-inspiring performance of "Statesboro Blues."

About Legacy Recordings
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog. www.legacyrecordings.com

About CMT
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network's digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

TRACK LISTING:
CD & DVD
Shooter Jennings - Whistlers And Jugglers
Willie Nelson & Sturgill Simpson - I Can Get Off On You*
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson - Highwayman
*appears on DVD only




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