The marriage of Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings is one of the best love stories in country music. Colter helped tame Waylon’s drug addiction, and the pair had a loving and musical partnership until Jennings passed in 2002.
Throughout their career, the pair recorded a handful of collaborative albums. In 1981, they released Leather and Lace, which featured what is arguably their best duet, “Storms Never Last.” It’s a song about passing through the hardships of marriage, and knowing that their love for one another will endure. In this performance filmed at the Ryman Auditorium in 2000, Colter and Jennings give their final duet of the song.
Colter weathered some storms with Jennings, but their love was strong throughout their marriage. She wasn’t Jennings’ first wife, and he was Colter’s second husband, but it was clear these two were star-crossed lovers.
“I was his fourth wife, and he had tried with these different women that didn’t really understand him,” Colter told CMT. “I just loved him … I loved him! He really entertained me. He made me laugh. He made me feel loved. He inspired me.”
Colter performed “Storms Don’t Last” at the Waylon Jennings tribute show in Austin back in 2015.