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Outlaw Country

I keep seeing thread about techno and rap, but I figure, what the hell, I’ll join in the fray and start one about good ass country music. And I’m not talking about Nashville bullshit.

David Allan Coe - The Ride
Charlie Daniels - Long Haired Country Boy
Hank Williams Jr. - All My Rowdy Friend
Waylon Jennings - Shine
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Willie Nelson - Mendocino County Line
Shooter Jennings - Electric Rodeo
North Mississippi Allstars - Po Maddie

Pat Green-Three Days
Jason Boland and the Stragglers-Live and Lit at Billy Bobs
Bleu Edmonson-Lost Boy
James McMurtry-Childish Things
Hayes Carll- Little Rock

I’m not naming individual songs, and these are more alt / americana:

Lucinda Williams
Ryan Adams
Wilco (just their first two albums)
Uncle Tupelo
Son Volt
Hank Williams III
Hank Williams (can’t forget him)

Already had a pretty big thread about it here. http://www.T-Nation.com/tmagnum/readTopic.do?id=757557

Johnny Cash-One Piece at a Time
Johnny Cash-A Boy Named Sue
Johnny Cash-Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash-Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
Johnny Horton-Honky Tonk Man
Johnny Horton-The Battle of New Orleans
Willie Nelson-On the Road Again
Willie Nelson-Always on My Mind
The Highwaymen
Marty Robbins-El Paso
Garth Brooks-Rodeo
Garth Brooks-Thunder Rolls
Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson-Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Waylon Jennings-Luckenbach, Texas
Charlie Daniels Band-The Devil Went Down to Georgia

That is about all of the country I like. Also, I would consider the Flying Burrito Brothers have some good music. They are country-rock.

[quote]duece wrote:
Already had a pretty big thread about it here. http://www.T-Nation.com/tmagnum/readTopic.do?id=757557

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Yeah, that started over two years ago, thank for nothing.

I just realized that I may have listed people who are not oulaw country. Sorry.

Just Garth Brooks, but fuck it… the thunder rolls.

[quote]SouthernGypsy wrote:
duece wrote:
Already had a pretty big thread about it here. http://www.T-Nation.com/tmagnum/readTopic.do?id=757557

Yeah, that started over two years ago, thank for nothing.[/quote]

And the thread continued into 2008, champ.

Not official country… although the Black Crowes have been doing some damned nice country blues lately without all the silly “twang” of your regular garden variety “country music” these modern idiots have been trying to pass off as authentic.

Johnny Cash is in a class all by himself. RIP John.

Glad this thread came up, I love outlaw country.

If you have’nt checked out Shooter’s new CD “The Wolf” is VERY good.

If you havnt heard of em’ The Laney Stricktland Band is worth a listen.

Hank III’ “Straight to Hell” is one of my all-time favorite albums. His other CD’s are great to, im just not into his death metal bullshit.

Oh, Mike Ness another TRUE outlaw who has put out some great tracks.

Some more old school:

Kris Kristofferson
Billy Joe Shaver
Kimmie Rhodes
Lynyrd Skynyrd (not really outlaw country, but, hey, any good ol’ boy likes 'em)
Merle Haggard (why hasn’t he been mentioned yet?)

Has anyone heard David Allan Coe’s records that they don’t sell in stores, only from certain websites. I’m not saying I agree with subjects on them, but some of the songs are pretty funny.

[quote]SouthernGypsy wrote:
Has anyone heard David Allan Coe’s records that they don’t sell in stores, only from certain websites. I’m not saying I agree with subjects on them, but some of the songs are pretty funny.[/quote]

A lot of stuff floating on the internet gets attributed to him, but isn’t really Coe. It’s same way that every parody song suddenly becomes Weird Al.

I think outlawing country music is a great idea!

Rap should be the first to go though.

8^)

Ryan Bingham - Nashville could use a heavy dose of this kid. No pretense, no bullshit. He’s the real deal. Southside of Heaven is an amazing song…

Townes Van Zandt - To me, he’s more ‘outlaw country’ than Waylon, Willie, Kris, etc. He lived and died the life of a hard-ass wanderin’ troubador. Sad story, but GREAT songs. Brilliant songs.


If you love ‘outlaw country’ order yourself of ‘Heartworn Highways’. Townes, Guy Clarke, Coe, Charlie Daniels, Steve Earle

Huge Steve Earle fan!

well, his older stuff…

[quote]SinisterMinister wrote:
Townes Van Zandt - To me, he’s more ‘outlaw country’ than Waylon, Willie, Kris, etc. He lived and died the life of a hard-ass wanderin’ troubador. Sad story, but GREAT songs.
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Wow, I just looked Townes up on Wiki, and that is a hell of a story:

I had no idea that he was from such a wealthy, prominent family and that he was originally “being groomed for Texas governorship”.

I don’t have any artists to add personally; all the ones I would have recommended have already been listed. I will say, however, that some of the names being mentioned on this thread are definitely NOT “outlaw country”.

[quote]GetTheHIT wrote:
Huge Steve Earle fan!

well, his older stuff…[/quote]

Have you seen him in Heartworn Highways? He was just an unknown 17 year old kid hanging out with Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young.
Here’s a VERY drunk Guy Clark telling us all to listen to a song by a VERY drunk (and young) Steve Earle.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=DJrVwJonlrA

This clip is great, has Steve leading a sing-a-long of Stay A Little Longer
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0JsE7W4ct20&feature=related

I love his older stuff, but can’t stand him once he went on his political bent.

I know we’re talking about music but if anyone wants to see a good comedy about country music, rent:

The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico

Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson have cameos