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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780718082987
ISBN-13: 9780718082987

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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 didn’t 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, therecord 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 "I’m 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 Waylon’s 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 Lady is a powerful story of American music, of love in the midst of heartache, and of faith that sustains.

Author Bio

Jessi Colter is one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Her storied career began in the sixties when, encouraged by her first husband, guitar legend Duane Eddy, she composed hit songs for Dottie West, Nancy Sinatra, and Hank Locklin. Best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings, and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit "I’m Not Lisa," she was the only woman featured on the landmark album Wanted: The Outlaws that forever changed American music. She has fifteen major-label albums to her credit, and her songs and records have sold in the tens of millions. She lives near Scottsdale, Arizona.  

David Ritz, called the "first call celebrity collaborator" by the New York Times, recently wrote Willie Nelson’s bestselling It’s A Long Story. He has collaborated on memoirs with, among others, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and B. B. King. His books include Scott Stapp’s Sinner’s Creed; Nik Wallenda’s Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line; and Messengers: Portraits of African American Ministers, Evangelists, Gospel Singers, and Other Messengers of the Word. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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    The Amazing Life of Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings!
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    Waylon Jennings. Even if you think you dont know his music, if you ever watched the television show, The Dukes of Hazzard, you heard him sing the theme song, and play the part of the narrator. In this book, his wife Jessi Colter (also known as Miriam Eddy) tells what life was like living with him. She also shares her life story as well.

    Waylon was a trial to live with, and he didnt try to hide the one night stands he sometimes indulged inespecially when he was on the road. He was a drug user, especially pep pills and cocaine. Although Jessi loved him deeply, and he loved her, that wasnt enough to give her the strength to be married to him. In fact, she did separate from him once, and spent much time in prayer about whether or not to stay in the relationship. Jessi knew that if she went back to him, she would be going back to stay with him for life. Ultimately, she did make the decision to reunite with Waylon. She returned to a life that had some amazing experiences but also some really rough times. Jessi credits two things for getting through it. Number one was having faith in God along with His help. The other thing was expressing her feelings through music that she was creating.

    Jessi is a singer and composer in her own right. She might be best known for the song, Im Not Lisa, which was a huge hit in the 1970s. But she is a prolific writer of many other songs, and has recorded a number of albums. She was part of albums that included Waylon and many of their famous friends. Many well-known people have also sung her songs. Over the years, they often rubbed shoulders, along with calling them friends, with such people as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristoffersonjust to name a few.

    The journey Jessi was on after she made the decision to stay married to Waylon would include his attempts to give up using drugs, and his great desire to have a child with her. Waylon had some very big musical successes during this time, and she often toured with him around the world. However Jessis one desire was that Waylon would accept Jesus Christ as his savior, and become a born again Christian. This book tells the story of whether or not Jessi got her hearts desire, along with a whole lot more about their life together--because when she returned to Waylon, she stayed married to him.

    I was intrigued by the story of Jessi and Waylons relationship, and believe anyone else would be as well. I really appreciated the Christian aspect that Jessi included in this book, and the importance she placed on Waylons salvation. Anyone who likes biographies, stories about popular entertainers, or literature written from a Christian viewpoint will enjoy this 5-star book.

    Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of An Outlaw and a Lady, for the purpose of review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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