Heroes (Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings album)

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Studio album by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings
Released June 1986
Recorded December 4, 1984 - May 23, 1985
Genre Outlaw country, folk
Length 30:30
Label Columbia
Producer Chips Moman
Johnny Cash chronology
Class of '55
Columbia Records 1958–1986
Waylon Jennings chronology
Will the Wolf Survive
The Best of Waylon
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Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Heroes is an album by country singers Johnny Cash (his 72nd overall album release) and Waylon Jennings, released on Columbia Records in 1986 (see 1986 in music). Although the two musicians had collaborated several times before - most notably in 1985 as part of The Highwaymen, along with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson - this was the duo's only full-length album.

Heroes was also Cash's second-last original release on Columbia, with which he parted ways soon after the record's release (though he later returned to Columbia alongside Jennings for Highwayman 2 in 1990). "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" charted as a single, reaching No. 35 on the country charts. "Field of Diamonds" was recorded by Cash fourteen years later for American III: Solitary Man (2000). The last track, "One Too Many Mornings" is a song written by Bob Dylan for his album The Times They Are a-Changin', and had been recorded, but deemed unusable, by Cash and Dylan in 1969 during the sessions for Nashville Skyline.

The album got as high as #13 on the Country charts. Cash the solo artist would not have another higher charting LP until 2000's American III: Solitary Man (#11 C&W).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Folks Out on the Road" (Frank J. Myers, Eddy Raven, David Powelson) – 2:47
  2. "I'm Never Gonna Roam Again" (Rodney Crowell) – 2:56
  3. "American by Birth" (Roger Alan Wade) – 2:33
  4. "Field of Diamonds" (Cash, Jack Routh) – 2:37
  5. "Heroes" (Jennifer Kimball, Thomas Kimmel) – 4:16
  6. "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (Crowell) – 3:03
  7. "Love Is the Way" (Kris Kristofferson) – 2:31
  8. "Ballad of Forty Dollars" (Tom T. Hall) – 3:11
  9. "I'll Always Love You (in My Own Crazy Way)" (Frank Miller, Troy Seals, Eddie Setser) – 3:58
  10. "One Too Many Mornings" (Bob Dylan) – 2:38


  • Johnny Cash - Vocals, Guitar
  • Waylon Jennings - Vocals, Guitar
  • Rick Yancey, Danny Hogan - Background Vocals
  • Al Casey, J.R. Cobb, Jerry Shook, Reggie Young - Guitar
  • Marty Stuart - Guitar, Mandolin
  • Ralph Mooney - Steel Guitar
  • Larry Butler, Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood - Keyboards
  • Gene Chrisman - Drums
  • Jimmy Tittle - Bass
  • Mike Leech - Bass, Arranger
  • The A-Strings - Strings
  • Ace Cannon, Dennis Good, Wayne Jackson - Horn
  • Mickey Raphael - Harp

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Chips Moman - Producer, Engineer
  • David Cherry - Engineer
  • Steve Hoffman - Mastering
  • Bill Johnson - Art Director
  • Mike Ragogna - Reissue Director
  • Murray Brenman - Reissue Design
  • Kevin Gray - CD Preparation

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 13


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1986 "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" 35 40
"The Ballad of Forty Dollars" 50

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