An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home Author Jessi Colter
ISBN-10 0718082974
ISBN-13 9780718082970
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Thomas Nelson
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Renowned songwriter singer and wife of Waylon Jennings writes an intimate enormously entertaining memoir of American music of life with Waylon and the Outlaws and of faith lost and found The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race car driver Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock n roll pioneer Duane Eddy whom she married Colter became a successful recording artist appearing on American Bandstand and befriending stars such as the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins while her songs were recorded by Nancy Sinatra Dottie West and others Her marriage to Eddy didnt last however and in 1969 she married the electrifying Waylon Jennings Together they made their home in Nashville which in the 1970s was ground zero for roots music drawing Bob Dylan Johnny Cash Willie Nelson Kris Kristofferson Shel Silverstein and others to the Nashville Sound And Jessi was at the center of it all the only woman on the landmark Wanted The Outlaws album the record that launched the Outlaw Country genre and was the first country album to go platinum She also tasted personal commercial success with the 1 single Im Not Lisa But offstage life was a challenge as Waylon pursued his addictions and battled his demons Having drifted from the church as a young woman Jessi returned to her faith and found in it a source of strength in the turmoil of living with Waylon In the 1980s Waylon helped launch the super group The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson and the hits kept rolling as did Waylons reckless living Amid it all Jessi faithfully prayed for her husband until finally at Thanksgiving 2001 Waylon found Jesus just months before he died An Outlaw and a Ladyis a powerful story of American music of love in the midst of heartache and of faith that sustains

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