The official show title is “Bakersfield & Beyond:  Music for Mavericks, Outlaws, and Romantics.”  Tonight we explored the Outlaws.  In some way, the guys over in Bakersfield were Outlaws because they did music outside of the Nashville norm.  However, the folks associated with Outlaw Country were a bit scruffier and longer of hair than their more polished counterparts in Nashville, or even in Bakersfield.

There are a couple of stories about where the term “Outlaw Country” came from.  One is that David Allan Coe was a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.  The other is that it came from the Lee Clayton song “Ladies Love Outlaw” sung by Waylon Jennings.  However, the term came in to being, there is no doubt that Outlaw Country is a whole lot more rocking that the country coming out of Nashville then or now.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bush Pilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
The Allman Brothers Band Ramblin’ Man Best of the Allman Brothers universal records
Bob Dylan Outlaw Blues Bringing It All Back Home Columbia
Dan Covill Outlaw Country Outlaw Country – Single Crystal Records
Dan Fogelberg The OutLaw Analogue Pathways Sony Music Entertainment
Lynyrd Skynyrd Gimme Three Steps The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd Geffen
The Marshall Tucker Band Can’t You See Outlaw Country Legacy Recordings
Molly Hatchet Flirtin’ With Disaster Greatest Hits Deadline Music
Waylon Jennings Ladies Love Outlaws The Essential Waylon Jennings Sony Music Entertainment
Waylon Jennings Honky Tonk Heroes Honky Tonk Heroes RCA Records Label Nashville
Waylon Jennings Dont You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand The Essential Waylon Jennings Sony Music Entertainment
Wes St. Jon Oilfield Outlaw Oilfield Cowboy Star-Key Records
Johnny Cash with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings & Kris Kristofferson Highwayman The Essential Johnny Cash Columbia/Legacy
Hank Williams III Country Heroes Straight to Hell Bruc Records
Emmylou Harris Luxury Liner Luxury Liner Warner Bros.
Neko Case Lady Pilot Blacklisted Anti/Epitaph
David Allan Coe Need a Little Time Off for Bad Behavior The Essential David Allan Coe Sony
Dennis Olson Truck Drivin’ Outlaw Super 16 Hits: Keep On Truckin’ K-Tel
Hank Williams Jr. Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound That’s How We Do It in Dixie Curb
Jackson Taylor & The Sinners Outlaw Women Dark Days Smith Entertainment
Johnny Cash I Walk The Line Cash/The Legend Sony/BMG
Gretchen Wilson Here For The Party The Very Best of Outlaw Country MCA
Hank Williams Jr. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight The Very Best of Outlaw Country MCA
Jessi Colter Why You Been Gone So Long Outlaw Country Legacy Recordings
Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings Suspicious MInds Wanted! Outlaws BMG Entertainment
Johnny Paycheck The Outlaw’s Prayer The Soul & the Edge – The Best of Johnny Paycheck Epic/legacy
Hank Williams Ramblin’ Man 40 Greatest Hits mercury
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel # 8 (Muleskinner Blues) Blue Yodel – the Recorded Legacy Synergie OMP
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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  1. Merle was more of an outlaw than Buck, though Buck was clearly a rebel. Between the two of them, thanks to Bonnie, there were also plenty of inlaws.

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