Jessi Colter’s “The Psalms” album and her memoir, “An Outlaw and a Lady,” came out in 2017, and she digs deep into both during this in-depth discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, before performing some familiar favorites (“Storms Never Last” and “I’m Not Lisa”) and a song from the new record, “PSALM 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd.”
Diving into her own memoir, “An Outlaw and a Lady,” Colter shares memories of her musical beginnings, when she started listening to country music and writing her own songs in the 1960s, and explains the reasoning behind and influence of her time in Los Angeles and in Nashville. Colter would write songs recorded by the likes of Dottie West and Hank Locklin, before scoring hits of her own with “I’m Not Lisa,” “What’s Happened to Blue Eyes,” and “It’s Morning (and I Still Love You),” and being a part of the RCA “Outlaw” marketing concept in 1976 along with Waylon Jennings, Tompall Glaser, and Willie Nelson. (Songs from the four artists were included on the 1976 "Wanted! The Outlaws" compilation album, which became country music's first certified-Platinum album.)
Colter speaks to her relationship with fellow Outlaw country musician Waylon Jennings, sharing the first time she heard Waylon’s music and recalling the first time she met her future husband. Addressing the more complicated aspects of her marriage to Waylon Jennings, Colter considers how their relationship not only influenced both her faith and Waylon’s spiritual journey, but also their songwriting and their careers as Outlaw country musicians.
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