Willie Nelson. Waylon Jennings. Kris Kristofferson. Jessi Colter. Bobby Bare. Jerry Jeff Walker. David Allan Coe. Cowboy Jack Clement. Tom T. Hall. Billy Joe Shaver. Guy Clark. Townes Van Zandt. Tompall Glaser. Today, all are names synonymous with the word "outlaw," but 40 years ago they started a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s, explores this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opened May 25 for a nearly three-year run, explores the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities. Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s offers an unprecedented look at some of the most compelling music and artists in music history," says museum CEO Kyle Young.
"This was an era in which renegades Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson fought for and won creative control of their own songs and sounds. It was a time when melodic poets Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver elevated public perception of what a country song could be. It was a time when the Austin, Texas, music and arts scenes blossomed, and when characters like singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, Hondo Crouch (who bought his own town, Luckenbach, Texas), armadillo art specialist Jim Franklin and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal changed Lone Star culture. At the time, some of these things seemed unusual, even insane. Now, they all seem essential to any understanding of this great American art form, country music."
|Gettin' By – Jerry Jeff Walker|
|Groover’s Paradise – Doug Sahm|
|Honky Tonk Heroes – Waylon Jennings|
|Old Five and Dimers Like Me – Billy Joe Shaver|
|You Asked Me To – Cowboy Jack Clement|
|Why You Been Gone So Long – Jessi Colter|
|I Ain’t Looking for the Answers Anymore – Tompall Glaser|
|Amarillo Highway (for Dave Hickey) – Terry Allen|
|Me and Paul – Willie Nelson|
|Rode Hard and Put Up West – Marshall Chapman|
|The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 – Kris Kristofferson|
|Desperados Waiting For A Train – Guy Clark|
|Marie Laveau – Bobby Bare|