The Highwaymen: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson.
Personnel: Marty Stuart (guitar, mandolin); Chips Moman, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson (guitar, background vocals); J.R. Cobb , Reggie Young (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harp, harmonica); Paul Matthew Davis, Paul Davis (keyboards, background vocals); Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood (keyboards); Gene Crisman (drums); Johnny Cash, Johnny Rodriguez, Kris Kristofferson (background vocals).
These old friends have appeared together in various combinations, but never as effectively as on the epic title song here, written by Jimmy Webb. And the rest of the record, including Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for a Train" and Woody Guthrie's "Deportee," lives up to the leadoff hit. ~ William Ruhlmann
Uncut (p.62) - "[With] a sumptuous reading of Guy Clark's 'Desperados Waiting For A Train."