The Road Goes On Forever (The Highwaymen album)

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The Road Goes on Forever
Studio album by The Highwaymen
Released April 4, 1995 (1995-04-04)
Recorded 1995
Genre Country
Outlaw Country
Length 36:32
Label Liberty/Capitol/EMI
Producer Don Was
The Highwaymen chronology
Highwayman 2
The Road Goes on Forever
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Road Goes on Forever is an album by American country supergroup The Highwaymen. It was first released on April 4, 1995 on Liberty Records, then on November 8, 2005 the album was re-released on Capitol/EMI with bonus tracks and, in some versions, an extra DVD for the album's 10th anniversary. The DVD includes a music video for "It Is What It Is", as well as a short documentary entitled Live Forever - In the Studio with the Highwaymen. This was The Highwaymen's last album prior to Jennings' death in 2002 and Cash's death in 2003.

The title track of this album was written by Robert Earl Keen, Jr. and originally recorded on his 1989 album, West Textures.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (CD)[edit]

  1. "The Devil's Right Hand" (Steve Earle) – 3:14
  2. "Live Forever" (Billy Joe Shaver, Eddy Shaver) – 2:49
  3. "Everyone Gets Crazy" (Kevin Welch) – 2:55
  4. "It Is What It Is" (Stephen Bruton, John Fleming) – 3:40
  5. "I Do Believe" (Jennings) – 3:25
  6. "The End of Understanding" (Nelson) – 2:43
  7. "True Love Travels a Gravel Road" (Dallas Frazier, A.L. Owens) – 3:22
  8. "Death and Hell" (Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash) – 2:51
  9. "Waiting for a Long Time" (Bruton) – 4:20
  10. "Here Comes That Rainbow Again" (Kristofferson) – 2:50
  11. "The Road Goes On Forever" (Robert Earl Keen) – 4:42
    Bonus tracks on 2005 reissue:
  12. "If He Came Back Again" (Barry Alfonso, Craig Bickhardt) – 3:34
  13. "Live Forever" (Billy Joe Shaver, Eddy Shaver) – 2:12
  14. "I Ain't Song" (Jennings) – 1:56
  15. "Pick Up the Tempo" (Nelson) – 2:18
  16. "Closer to the Bone" – 2:14
  17. "Back in the Saddle Again" (Gene Autry, Ray Whitley) – 0:50

Disc 2 (DVD)[edit]

  1. Live Forever – In the Studio with the Highwaymen (video)
  2. "It Is What It Is" (video)


  • Johnny Cash: vocals, guitar
  • Waylon Jennings: vocals, guitar
  • Kris Kristofferson: vocals, guitar
  • Willie Nelson: vocals, guitar
  • Kenny Aronoff: drums
  • Benmont Tench: Hammond C-3
  • Mark Goldenberg: acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, electric guitar
  • Al Anderson: electric and acoustic guitar
  • Reggie Young: electric guitar
  • Michael Rhodes: bass
  • Mickey Raphael: harmonica
  • Robby Turner: pedal steel, dobro
  • Danny Timms: piano
  • Luis Resto: Wurlitzer electric piano

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by: Don Was
  • Recorded By: Rik Pekkonen at Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA
  • Assisted By: Young Dan Bosworth
  • Second Assistants: Trini Alveraz and Jeff Demorris
  • Additional Recording bt Barry Taylor at Caravell, Branson, MO
  • Mixed By: Chuck Ainlay at Record Planet, Hollywood, CA
  • Assisted By: Brian Pollack
  • Minister of Information: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Album Production Coordinator: Carrie McConkey for The Marsha Burns Company
  • Consigliere: Mart Rothbaum
  • Art Direction: Sherri Halford and Buddy Jackson
  • Design: B. Middleworth for Jackson Design
  • Cover Photography: Frank Ockenfels
  • Additional Photography: Patrick Ockenfels
  • Makeup: Diane Weidenmann
Reissue Credits
  • Producer: Don Was
  • Reissue Producer: Rob Christie
  • Remastering: Ed Cherney and Ron McMaster @ Capitol Studios, Hollywood
  • Remixing: ("If He Came Back Home Again"): Don Was and Ed Cherney
  • Liner Notes: Chet Flippo, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson
  • Art Design: Shannon Ward for Den 45 @ EMI
  • Design: Rene Neri for Den 145 @ EMI
  • Photography: Frank Ockenfels, Patrick Simpson

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 42
Canadian RPM Country Albums 10