The world may know Jessi Colter as the woman famously by Waylon Jennings side, but that’s not even the half of it. Soon, the world will get to read more about her life as a female outlaw in the country music world. Colter has just announced plans to release her upcoming memoir, An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith That Brought Me Home.
Colter (birth name Miriam Johnson) met and married Jennings in 1969. She already had one marriage and a daughter to famous guitarist Duane Eddy, who also helped with her early career. But that love wouldn’t last. Then, when she met Jennings, she adopted her stage name (in honor of her grandfather) and became the recognizable (if not lone) female voice in the outlaw movement.
Her book promises to cover not just her relationship with Waylon, but her time as an independent solo artist. Her collaborations with her husband cemented both of their statures in a new country movement. But Colter also had plenty of success on her own, including the songs “I’m Not Lisa” and “Suspicious Minds.”
And, yes, she’ll talk about her strong love and commitment to one of music’s most beloved outlaws, even as he struggled with drug addiction and a persona turned real-life drama that almost ripped them apart. But it was also a love that also spawned 1981’s duets album Leather and Lace, and ultimately gave life to their talented son Shooter.
You can read all about it when Colter releases her memoir on April 11, 2017. Be on the look out for a brand new album, also due for release sometime next year.