Hear The Highwomen’s gender-bent remake of “Highwayman”

Songwriter Jimmy Webb, who helped pen the 1985 original, helped revise the lyrics.

If The Highwaymen—the supergroup of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson—had their theme song in the form of “Highwayman,” it only makes sense for The Highwomen to have “Highwomen,” too.

The all-female supergroup of Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby released their take on the 1985 song yesterday, with lyrics featuring contributions from Jimmy Webb, the songwriter who helped pen “Highwayman.”

But that’s not all: British songwriter Yola sings a verse, Sheryl Crow appears as a backing vocalist and Jason Isbell plays guitar on the track, making “Highwomen” a truly star-studded, collaborative affair.


Each vocalist sings a verse from the point of view of a different character, from a Honduran immigrant to a preacher to a freedom rider. “We are the Highwomen / Singing stories still untold / We carry the sons, you can only hope,” they combine on the chorus.

“Highwomen” is the title track of the supergroup’s forthcoming debut album, which also includes the track “Redesigning Women.” The record arrives September 6.

Hear “Highwomen” below:


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