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Monday, March 28, 2011

True Outlaw's

The 60's and early 70's had a big influence on Texas Country; or it could be said that Texas Country had a big influence on the 60's and 70's.  Outlaw Country owes its existence to Texas, most notably Austin, Texas.  It was during this time that Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Gary P. Nunn, David Allan Coe and others lived up to the name Outlaws'.  Brushes with the law for drinking, drugs, and just plain 'ol Hell Raising set these artists apart from their contemporaries.  Nashville couldn't control them and Austin welcomed them with open arms.

During this time period another style of Texas music took shape, "The Lubbock Sound".  Artists like Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had there own kind of sound.  While not making it has big as Willie and Waylon, they nonetheless, played a huge part into what is known today as "Texas Country".


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