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For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best loved bands of the genre. Now The Outlaws return with a new live album, new focus and an uncompromising new mission. It's about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It's about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it's about pride.
Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws, known for their triple guitar rock attack and three part country harmonies, became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then fledgling Arista Records. The bands first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown featuring such rock radio favorites as There Goes Another Love Song, Green Grass & High Tides, Knoxville Girl and Freeborn Man would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as The Florida Guitar Army by their fans, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. Henry Paul left after the group's third album to form The Henry Paul Band for Atlantic Records, and later the multi Platinum country trio Blackhawk. Over the next 20+ years, The Outlaws would experience rampant personnel changes, tonal missteps, ill fated reunions and bitter trademark battles that left fans, not to mention Paul and Yoho, frustrated and saddened. And with the tragic deaths of co founding members Frank O'Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and especially vocalist and lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007, it was feared that The Outlaws trail had come to an end.
Along with founding members Paul and Yoho, the band features now several of Southern Rock's most respected veterans. Lead guitarist and longtime Outlaw Chris Anderson is well known for his collaborations with artists that include Dickey Betts, Lucinda Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and Skynyrd. Co lead guitarist Steve Grisham who joined the band in mid 2013 following the medical leave of guitarist Billy Crain is a former member of the Soldiers of Fortune era Outlaws, a noted songwriter whose tracks include The Henry Paul Band's Top 40 hit Keepin Our Love Alive, and a co founder of the Southern Rock all stars, Brothers of the Southland. Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Robbins is a co founding member of Blackhawk and has written hit songs for artists that include Restless Heart, Kenny Rogers and Eric Clapton. Bassist/vocalist Randy Threet has performed with Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood and Blackhawk, and is familiar to TV audiences from USA Network's Nashville Star.
Legacy Live is classic Southern Rock and classic Outlaws.
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The new 2-disc CD set, Legacy Live, from the Outlaws dropped on November 18th, we spent this past weekend listening to it. There are two CD’s to cover the 21 songs which were recorded live in 2015.
The new incarnation of the band is six-piece, the three guitars, bass and drums of the original lineup now also includes a keyboard player. This groups guitar playing is incredible, as good or better than the 70’s version of the band but it’s the vocals that are really surprising.
I remember seeing an early version of the Eagles at SIU back in the 70’s, their vocals and harmony were mind blowing, like from another planet. That is the same feeling I have listening to this new version of the Outlaws, they’ve taken their vocals up several notches with five guys singing, the fullness and harmony really sound fantastic, no AutoTune or fake studio software voices, it’s just good musicians singing really well.
Listening to old Outlaws songs played by the new band literally brought tears to my eyes, it’s so great to hear these songs played again with fire and passion. Steve Grisham and Chris Anderson are the dynamic duo of lead guitar players in the new lineup, these two guys set their guitar necks on fire with tight double lead playing that any Southern Rocker will appreciate.
Henry Paul is the principal lead singer and one of the two founding members of the band. Monte Yoho the drummer is the second original member, his drumming drives the band and helps it close the gap between the 70’s band and this regrouping.
Dave Robbins the keyboard player is comfortable playing in the background, laying down some tasty piano and organ parts that complement the music well. Dave’s voice is magic in the vocal mix too, he has been playing with Henry Paul in their other band Blackhawk since it formed in 1992. I was apprehensive at first about one of my favorite guitar bands adding someone but now that I’ve heard them live this past summer in Stuart Florida and now these live recordings I know why they took a chance and brought Dave onboard in the Outlaws, he is awesome.
The Legacy Live CD set is available on Amazon Prime, a great deal for two CDs of killer tunes.
If you’ve been feeling the need for a little Green Grass and High Tides, Legacy Live delivers it in a great big way!
Good music to all!
I was very, very pleasantly surprised. I have seen more than one review that claims that this is one of the best live albums of 2016. I agree.
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The real Outlaws ended with the death of Hughie.