Willie Nelson launches Outlaw Music Channel (February 14, 1991)

Willie Nelson to Launch Outlaw Satellite Station (2/14/1991)


Austin, TX
Cox News Service
February 2, 1991

Willie Nelson will stage a live broadcast Feb. 14 to launch a new satellite television channel to replace his planned Cowboy Channel cable network, the entertainer said Wednesday.

After the debut show at the Austin Opera House plans are for the channel to air daily from 6 p.m. to Midnight, Nelson said.  The channel will be called the Outlaw Music Channel.

Programming will include a weekly songwriter’s showcase hosted by Nelson, a music video program, vintage performances by Porter Wagoner and other country music pioneers and musical clips from old movies.   Nelson also said some programming will originate from Antones, an Austin blues club.

“We’re just going to fire at it and see what happens.  This way we can do it, and do it quickly, and if viewers like us, they can leave us on,” Nelson said.

Nelson pulled his name and support from the Cowboy Channel in November after a dispute with one of the principle investors.  The channel, based in Austin, was to have been marketed to cable systems throughout the country.

Film maker Doug Holloway, former president of the Cowboy Channel, is helping to launch the Outlaw Music Channel.  The name of the new music channel comes from the “outlaw” country music genre inspired by Nelson, singer Waylon Jennings and a loose knit group of other musicians.

Nelson said the Outlaw Music Channel will be beamed to North and South America by the Westar 4 satellite, transponder 17, which can only be received by households and businesses with satellite dish antennas.

The premier show has already created enough interest nationwide to warrant high hopes.  At 6 p.m. Texas Time, on Valentine’s Day, a gala kick-off concert at the Austin Opera House will initiate the Outlaw Music Channel.


Turk Pipkin

The talent assembled at press time inclued Nelson, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes, the Geezinslaw Brothers, Butch Hancock and Turk Pipkin.    Also announced in the press release were Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.  More acts will be booked and added to the show.

In addition to the Opera House in Austin, some segments of the show will originate from the Music Village USA in Hendersonville, Tenn.  David Allan Coe will host these slots.

Tickets for the Opera House portion of the show are reasonably priced, and are available at all Star Ticket Outlets.

4 Responses to “Willie Nelson launches Outlaw Music Channel (February 14, 1991)”

  1. Russ says:

    I taped a lot from this channel when it was on the air. I don’t know when the channel ended.

  2. Dave says:

    Wow, great channel! I was lucky enough to have the big dish then and taped about 1/2 of the gala show and several hours of the other shows as well. Vigilante Video was my fave! I have ’em all on VHS tape. I am thinking on copying it, maybe DVD??

  3. Jamester says:

    I have a lot of the Outlaw Music Channel on DVD which I transferred from VHS. I am a Country Music Video collector. I have over 7000 DVDs of shows like The Porter Wagoner Show, The Wilburn Brothers Show, The Bobby Lord Shows, Purina, Pet Milk and National Life Grand Ole Opry Shows among many others. Looking to trade or purchase to get still a lot of show s that I am missing in my collection. I can also transfer your VHS tapes To DVD at no charge in exchange for shows that I may need. I will supply the Blank DVD’s as well. Still missing some Porter shows as well as Wilburn Bros. Shows, Country Carnival and Jim Ed Browns Country Place. Hopefully Russ and Dave see this among anyone else out there. Looking for request let me know I have a list of about 50% of my collection done hopefully more as time allows.

  4. Jamester says:

    My email by the way is jamesmbt@msn.com

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