You might be familiar with the Highwaymen, but do you know about The Highwomen? Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires formed the female group with Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby, and they’ve already released some killer tunes. Among them is their remake of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson’s “Highwayman.”
The original Highwaymen theme song explores masculine themes, and The Highwomen sought to make the song their own.
“We rewrote it with fates that befell women: a doctor convicted of witchcraft; an immigrant who died trying to get over the border but got the kids over safe and sound; a preacher; and a freedom rider who gets shot,” said Carlile to Rolling Stone.
Each woman takes on a story in her own verse. Carlile sings about a Honduran immigrant and Hemby tells about being a preacher.
The track even features Sheryl Crow as a background vocalist, and employs the musical talents of Jason Isbell, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth.
Their album, aptly titled Highwomen, is set to release early this fall on September 6th.