Essential Outlaw Country
Country music has been ripe with stories of western vagabonds, gunfights, and jail-cell brooding since the beginning. But Outlaw Country was birthed more from anti-establishment acts in the ‘70s, the poster children of which appeared on the 1976 compilation Wanted! The Outlaws. Together Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings abandoned the Nashville rhinestone production (and authoritarian label contracts) in favor of artistic freedom and a rawer "Texas" sound. Along with Jessi Colter, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and many others, these great storytellers stripped country music to its core and paved the way for present day songwriters like Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings. and Nikki Lane.