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An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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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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I HIGHLY recommend reading this book; it is a page-turner!
One of the things I liked best was the insight into her mother's sorrows and obstacles, as a female evangelist. For all the contrived labels attached to Colter and her milieu in the '70s, Jessi truly came from that kind of hard-scrabble, wild west Arizona dirt that could actually grow some real mavericks.
Her outlaw creds are as gritty, real, and well-earned as Waylon's and Willie's.
Colter tells the beautiful story of her unique life in this memoir and she does it with flair and wit and dignity. Waylon fans will rejoice, for sure. He was an overwhelming figure in her existence.
But you also get a real glimpse at Jessi's own background, her artistry, and what made her the kind of woman who was actually able to handle a guy like Waylon Jennings.
This memoir is a blessing.
You'll laugh, cry, and be delighted from start to finish. She tells hard-core truths and doesn't shrink from the difficult times, but the whole thing is rendered with love and spiritual richness and heartbreaking insight.
Buy it, and let the Lady Outlaw tell you one heck of an amazing story.
You'll never get an intimate perspective like this again. This is Jessi Colter's side of the story.
And it's WONDERFUL.