Outlaw Country: the Birth of the Music That Changed Texas Forever, Texas Monthly (April 2012)


Forty years ago, Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff and a whole host of Texas misfits grew their hair long, snubbed Nashville, and brought the hippies and rednecks together.  Country Music has never been the same.

by John Spong
Texas Monthly
April 2012

What it was, was a generational shift, and not one that Music Row wanted. In the late sixties, Nashville country music was defined by the string-swelling, countrypolitan gloss of Tammy Wynette and Glen Campbell. RCA executive Chet Atkins was a chief architect of the Nashville sound, and when people asked him to define it, he liked to jingle the change in his pockets and say, “It’s the sound of money.” No tweaks to the formula were tolerated. Even Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, two Texas boys with ideas of their own, were forced to fit the mold. They recorded for RCA, and their records sounded exactly the way Atkins wanted.


If you want to read the entire article, and you know you do, you can pick up a copy of this new Texas Monthly on stands now. Once again, Willie Nelson is featured on the cover, which seems to happen every April, his birthday month.   There are lots of pictures of Willie and family and friends, stories about Texas musicians,  and interviews with Texas musicians about Texas music.

I couldn’t find a copy of the magazine in Boulder, but my nephews kindly picked one up for me last week in Texas. Visit their website, if you can’t find one in your town, to get your copy:

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