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What is Outlaw Country Music

Outlaw Country Music – nothing quite captures the imagination like the word “outlaw” does it. It’s exciting and romantic with the “Hole in the Wall Gang”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” among many others, all glamorized by Hollywood over the years, and Outlaw country music was also born out of country musics self declared “bad boys” (although some girls joined the fun too). It was yet another reaction to the softened down and commercialized Nashville sound, which many thought was totally against the real roots of country music, so the “outlaws” decided to take action during the late 1960’s, 1970’s, some of them even manage to “evade the law” right until the early 1980’s.

Representative Outlaw Country Musicians

Outlaw Country Music was sung by people who rebelled against the clean cut image of good old country boys. Many of them grew their hair long and wore leather (a bit like cowboy hippies really). They sang about drugs, drinking and working hard, there’s a definite rock and roll feel to much of the outlaw country music. Ooops, what about the musicians. Well, you’ve probably guessed, we’re talking Willie Nelson (who was actually a Nashville veteran, but was revitalized by the whole outlaw movement), and also made a pretty good “Uncle Jessie” in The Dukes of Hazzard. Let’s not forget Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson (remember him?), and then there’s the outlaw girls of course, Jessi Colter and Emmylou Harris, to name but a couple of them.

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