BOOK REVIEW ~ An Outlaw and a Lady

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home


When I ran across this biography of Jessi Colter awhile back I decided to grab it. I had seen both Jessi and her husband Waylon Jennings in concert in Gainesville, Florida with Jerry Reed at a small venue many years ago (‘82, ‘83ish) when I lived in Central Florida briefly the first time. I’ve always been curious to know more about all of them. This was an engaging memoir written by Jessi Colter, who was born Mirriam Johnson to an evangelist mother and a race car driver father. I found it to be a good account and a pleasing length. She shares her early years growing up singing and writing songs, and how she happened to come to be in the music business with her first husband Duane Eddy. Then how she met Waylon Jennings and their many years together, making music and being on the road and off. There is also a good bit in it about her faith at times, losing it while she was with her first husband, and eventually regaining it again later. This book would appeal to those who enjoy country music biographies and who don’t mind some faith talk and drugs talk thrown in also.




Publisher: Thomas Nelson – 299 pages
Publication: April 11th, 2017
RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

The Authors- 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 has coauthored books with Don Rickles, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Natalie Cole, among many others. He has a won a Grammy, an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and the Ralph J. Gleason Book of the Year Award four times.