The Birth of Outlaw Country

Up through the 1960s Nashville had a stranglehold on country music and they enforced conformity with a headmaster’s zeal. The musical and cultural revolution finally hit country in the early 70s and it didn’t happen in Nashville, it happened in Austin, Texas. Although this progressive offshoot was eventually subsumed by Nashville labels, the work of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle (among others) never lost its edge or its loving embrace of the outlaw. Texas Monthly provides an in-depth review of the lifecycle of this popular branch of country music.

That 70’s Show, 1.21.13