June 2015

Outlaw Country: A Movement that Combined the Old with the New

The cover art for the album Wanted! The Outlaws.

Outlaw country arose in the seventies as a reaction to what had been occurring in Nashville during the previous decade. The "Nashville sound" had smoothed all the edges off honky-tonk – removing much of what had made it traditional country – in order to appeal to a wider, pop audience. Waylon and Willie and the boys (and a few girls, too) reclaimed honky-tonk, but also reenvisioned it in the process.