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Outlaw country

Music genre
NameOutlaw country
Stylistic originsCountry music
Cultural origins1960s Texas
Typical instrumentsGuitar - bass - drums - banjo - vocals
Mainstream popularityLate 1960s to 1970s US
Derivative formsTexas Country - Alternative country
Other topicsCountry musicians - List of years in country music

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Outlaw country is a subgenre of country music, most popular during the late 1960s and the 1970s (and even into the 1980s in some cases), sometimes referred to as the outlaw movement or simply outlaw music. The focus of the movement has been on self-declared "outlaws", such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe and his Eli Radish Band, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell , Hank Williams Jr., and Billy Joe Shaver. The reason for the movement has been attributed to a reaction to the Nashville sound, developed by record producers like Chet Atkins who softened the raw honky tonk sound that was predominant in the music of performers like Jimmie Rodgers, and his successors such as Hank Williams, George Jones and Lefty Frizzell. According to Aaron Fox, "the fundamental opposition between law-and-order authoritarianism and the image of 'outlaw' authenticity... has structured country's discourse of masculinity since the days of Jimmie Rodgers."

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COWBOYS!!!!! Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash, The Highwaymen, Outlaw, Country
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Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 February 13, 2002) was an influential American country music singer and musician. A series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys". Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet and actor. Along with Nelson, Waylon Jennings was also achieving success in country music in the early 1970s, and the pair were soon combined into a genre called outlaw country ("outlaw" because it did not conform to Nashville standards). "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys" is a country music song written by Ed Bruce and Patsy Bruce. It was made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, whose version was first released on their 1978 album Waylon & Willie. The song's lyrics advise mothers to raise their children as doctors or lawyers rather than cowboys, who seem to be "always alone." The Waylon & Willie version peaked at No. 1 in March 1978, spending four weeks atop the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. Lyrics: Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold And they'd rather give you a song then diamonds or gold Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levi's each night begins a new day And if you don't understand him and he don't die young He'll probly just ride away Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys Don't let 'em pick guitars and drive them old trucks Make 'em <b>...</b>
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See Music Videos that you CAN'T See on You Tube ! +Live Chat and Embed video codes! The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright Jennings, Shooter was playing drums by the time he was five years old and had already begun taking piano lessons, only to break them off and follow his own path to an understanding of the instrument. He discovered guitar at 14 and rock & roll (particularly Southern rock and the loose-limbed hard rock of Guns N' Roses) at 16. Soon he moved from Nashville to LA, where he assembled a rock band called Stargunn. Stargunn earned a strong local reputation for its live shows, and enjoyed a six- or seven-year run on the LA circuit before Jennings rediscovered his outlaw country roots and dissolved the band. Shooter Jennings lived his first few years in a crib on his parents' tour bus. By age five, he was playing drums. Between tours, he took piano lessons. He started playing guitar at fourteen and sometimes played in his father's band. He and his father recorded a few things together when they happened to have some microphones set up and the tape recorder plugged in. At age sixteen, Jennings discovered rock 'n' roll. As an adult, Jennings left Nashville, Tennessee to seek his fortunes in Los Angeles. He assembled and performed with Stargunn, a southern rock band whose sound he described as Lynyrd Skynyrd mutating into Guns N' Roses <b>...</b>
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Ryan Bingham performs Golden Globe- and Oscar-winning song "The Weary Kind," which he co-wrote for the film "Crazy Heart," on SiriusXM Outlaw Country. For more information go to and to get a free trial go to
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See Music Videos that you CAN'T See on You Tube ! +Live Chat and Embed video codes! Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 -- February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and musician. A self-taught guitar player, he rose to prominence as a bass player for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. He escaped death in the February 3, 1959 plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson when he gave up his seat to Big Bopper. After a brief performing and recording career in Phoenix, Arizona he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he did not fit in with the tightly organized music industry in that city. By the 1970s, he had become associated with "Outlaw" country music, an informal group of musicians that worked outside of the Nashville corporate scene and included Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. A series of duet albums with Nelson in the late 1970s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys". In 1979 he recorded the theme song for the hit television show The Dukes of Hazzard, and also served as the narrator ("The Balladeer") for all seven seasons of the show. Jennings had a history of substance abuse, though he was clean by the mid-1980s. He continued to be active in the recording industry, forming the group The Highwaymen with fellow "Outlaws" Nelson, Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Jennings released his last solo studio <b>...</b>
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The Lost Outlaw Concert
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See Music Videos that you CAN'T See on You Tube ! +Live Chat and Embed video codes! The Highwaymen were a country supergroup comprising four musicians well known for, among other things, their involvement and pioneering influence on the outlaw country subgenre: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.
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See Music Videos that you CAN'T See on You Tube ! +Live Chat and Embed video codes! Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter author, poet and actor. He reached his greatest fame during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic, especially in American popular culture. In recent years he has continued to tour, record, and perform, and this, combined with activities in advocacy of marijuana, as well as a well-publicized 2006 arrest for marijuana possession, have made him the subject of renewed media attention. In 2004, Nelson and his wife Annie became partners with Bob and Kelly King in the building of two Pacific Bio-diesel plants, one in Salem, Oregon, and the other at Carl's Corner, Texas, (the Texas plant was founded by Carl Cornelius, a longtime Nelson friend). In 2005, Nelson and several other business partners formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel[8] ("Bio-Willie"), a company that is marketing bio-diesel bio-fuel to truck stops. The fuel is made from vegetable oil (mainly soybean oil), and can be burned without modification in diesel engines.[9] Nelson is a co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board. He has worked with NORML for years for marijuana legalization and has produced commercials for NORML that have appeared on Pot TV programs. He has also recorded a number of radio commercials for the organization. In 2005, Nelson and his family hosted the <b>...</b>
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See Music Videos that you CAN'T See on You Tube ! +Live Chat and Embed video codes! Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band "The Strangers" helped create the Bakersfield Sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitars, vocal harmonies, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville Sound recordings of the same era. By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. His songs display unflinching personal honesty about such universal themes as love, loss, patriotism, regret and redemption. In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for his song Okie from Muskogee.
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This is Hank III's Louisiana Stripes, from Disc 2 of his Straight to Hell album. It's a good old macabre song, and reflects the spirit of outlaw country music. The images used in this video were released into the public domain of the Internet, with the exception of two photographs of Tombstone, AZ which were taken by me and are my property. The song Louisiana Stripes and the Straight to Hell album are the property of Hank Williams III and Bruc Records. The song is uploaded by my YouTube channell to promote Hank III's music. I hope you enjoy the song and slide show.
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The Columbian--Coe is the -outlaw country- singer who, when trying to write the perfect country-music verse, penned this masterpiece: Yes, sir, anything you say � anything, ... - Date : Sun, 17 Oct 2010 13:03:09 GMT+00:00
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The Tennessean--The pilot of the FX Network drama “-Outlaw Country-” continued to be filmed in Dickson County last week, ... - Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2010 21:10:14 GMT+00:00
Concert review: Bocephus, friends offer eclectic show - Memphis Commercial Appeal Tweet this news
Memphis Commercial Appeal---...- Hank Williams Jr.'s Rowdy Friends Tour, featuring an all-star lineup of -outlaw--minded -country- artists headed by ol' Bocephus himself, proved worthy of ... - Date : Sun, 17 Oct 2010 05:02:31 GMT+00:00
Country Drama TV Show Shooting In Dickson - WSMV Nashville Tweet this news
WSMV Nashville--"-Outlaw Country-" is a modern country drama that will air on the FX cable network. The show is about southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. ... - Date : Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:23:37 GMT+00:00
Willie Nelson sets Tulsa tour stop - Tulsa World Tweet this news
Tulsa World--Nelson is a Texas-born country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist. His career peak was in the 1970s during the "-outlaw country-" movement. ... - Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:55:46 GMT+00:00
The Divorcees look to the future - Times and Transcript Tweet this news
Times and Transcript--But in the case of Moncton -outlaw country- band The Divorcees, they wouldn't have it any other way. Taking musical cues from Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson ... - Date : Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:11:03 GMT+00:00

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