This is my latest blog for DP&S, I've done a lot of blogs for this group, but I got to thinking that somehow I have never done a blog that features my favorite style of music.
I can't believe that I haven't did an Outlaw Country blog yet. Hell, I even have a Waylon Jennings avatar.
Outlaw Country was big in the late 60's and early 70's, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, David Allan Coe, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.
And there are a couple out there today that are keeping the tradition alive. Guys like Jamey Johnson and Josh Thompson.
It was the single biggest movement in Country music history, and had the seond and third most influential singers in Country music history in Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash(Hank Sr holds the number 1 spot).
This will be another blog of 7 songs, so I can't give you a sample of every singer, but I will use 7 different artist for 7 different songs.
And remember, I woulld love some feedback on this. Please listen and comment.
Let's get this thng started.
We'll start with the best singer to ever walk on God's green Earth,
Waylon Jennings- Ain't Livin Long Like This
When you think of Outlaw Country, you think of Waylon Jennings. He completely changed Country Music from guys wearing rhinestone suits, and driving Cadillacs to guys enjoying the nght life, and making the music more up tempo. Waylon started it, somebody deemed it an Outlaw Movement, and the rest is history.
Johnny Paycheck- The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised
Johnny Paycheck spent his share of time behind bars. He punched his commanding officer when he was in the Navy, and then he shot a man in Ohio, and while in prison he was caught making beer. Johnny was a reallife outlaw. This song tells of a trubled youth, and how his mom tried to turn him around, but he wound up in jail. This is one of my favorite songs.
Jamey Johnson- Between Jennings and Jones
Jamey Johnson is who I consider the second coming of Waylon Jennings. Like Waylon, he broke away from the norm, and has a huge following. He's a great songwriter, he has a great voice, and it's nice to hear some new Country that uses a steel guitar. This son is about paying his dues to make it big time.
David Allan Coe- Long Haired Redneck
Dvid Allan Coe is another real life outlaw. He was an outlaw biker. He spent a lot of time in prison, where rumor has it, he killed a man. And e reall broke the Country music norms. He's covered in tattoos, and had a couple of underground records that nobody else would have ever thought about making. This song is more of a light hearted song.
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings- Just to Satisfy You
Honestly, Willie is at his best when he sings with Waylon. When you think about one, you think about the other as well. My dad tells me that when you went to one of their concerts, you looked for the other one to make an appearence. The Outlaw movement saved Willie Nelson's career, and even his life. He once layed down in the middle of a road hoping to get ran over because his music wasn't making it big for himself, but other's were having more success with the songs he wrote. When the Outlaw movement came along, Willie changed his style with it and the rest is history.
Merle Hagard- Ramblin Fever
I think I've told all of you about Merle's past prison experience. He was in the audience for a Johnny Cash prison Concert, and as a teenager, it seemed like he would be in and out his entire life. Merle credits Johnny's concert as influencing him to pursue a music career, which eventually lead to him being pardoned by Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California.
And last, but not least, we'll play one of the most popular Country songs of all time,
Hank Williams Jr- Family Tradition
Bocephus is the son of a Country music legend, and he's made a pretty good name for himself as well. I don't think I've ever been to a party when this song wasn't played. This is his most popular song to sing at concerts. Thssong is the most played song in bars in the south.
Hope yall enjoy, and remember to leave a comment.