Wortman adds that the festival plans to return in for its fourth season with even more dates on the West Coast. We made the calls to the artists that we thought would mean the most and everybody signed on for it. Tickets can be found at HollywoodBowl. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard. To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement. Don't show again. Waylon and Willie both had signed with the Nashville studios back in the 60's but their careers were only marginally successful.
As hard as the producers tried to make them fit into the mold of their contemporaries in country music they never were able to achieve the success that had seemed possible for them when newly signed. Country music in the 60's had lush instrumental arrangements with violins and harmonizing background vocals which created quite a few crossover hits but seemed to inhibit the vocal styles of Waylon and Willie.
Waylon had been an early rocker in Texas during the late 50's but Nashville only wanted him to sing constrained love songs and softened his edge. Willie Nelson had been able to write many hit songs for other Nashville artists which had kept the wolves at bay while trying to support his family, but the studio had him singing his songs without moving behind a microphone, which seemed to negate any star quality he ever hinted at having.
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Old videos show the stiff and downright miserable looking Nelson as he performed in a suit and tie. He just didn't feel comfortable as was plainly revealed.
The miserable Nelson left Nashville, returning to his home state Texas and started playing at large festivals and venues there while continuing to write songs in his down time. After hitting Texas he had very little down time though and was extremely successful as a live performer, just singing his songs the way he wanted to.
He soon encouraged his friend Waylon, also a native Texan, to come home and start performing at the very lucrative events there. The sudden freedom from the restraints of Nashville gave them the courage to buck the system when their contracts came up for renewal. Both insisted on complete control of what they recorded without the lush strings and vocals, wanting to return to the basics of country music. No more crooning love songs for Waylon and Willie grew his hair long, started wearing jeans instead and become a very successful performing artist.
They were able to record their music at any studio they desired instead of the recording studios of the label that signed them. No more producers telling them what and how to sing. Waylon and Willie both decided to record at the studio of Tompall Glaser and the rest is history. Their fusion of country and rock music met with such unbelievable success, selling millions of country records for the first time in country music history.
This resulted in the Nashville studio system soon being broken, with all artists demanding the same control over their careers. If Nashville didn't want to bend with the times there were other labels that would. Willie Nelson's first concept album "Red Headed Stranger" sold 10 million copies and stayed on the charts for several years. After Willie had finished recording this masterpiece the big wigs at Nashville were not the least bit optimistic when his album was released.
This unique album was able to bring in millions of new fans to country music as well as amazing prosperity to all involved. So much amazing music history in this book which also included the stories of the bit players who played a part in returning country music to its roots.
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Take a listen to the links below if you're curious to hear the Outlaws. View all 50 comments. Feb 20, Ron S rated it really liked it. Author, professor and documentary filmmaker Michael Streissguth looks at three musicians at the forefront of change in country music in the late s and and early 70s. Besides all of the biographical background provided for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, this highly readable book is also filled with insight into Nashville, other performers from Lee Emerson to Kinky Friedman, recording and management practices, the Austin scene; even the Dripping Springs Festival gets me Author, professor and documentary filmmaker Michael Streissguth looks at three musicians at the forefront of change in country music in the late s and and early 70s.
Besides all of the biographical background provided for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, this highly readable book is also filled with insight into Nashville, other performers from Lee Emerson to Kinky Friedman, recording and management practices, the Austin scene; even the Dripping Springs Festival gets mention here.
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An enjoyable read for anyone interested in what marketers came to call Outlaw country music origins of which are explained , along with the Nashville of the day. Apr 19, Ted Lehmann rated it really liked it. Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson didn't fit the mold that Atkins and men like him tried to force them into. By finding their own sound and audience in a changing Nashville, they established and maintained careers on their own terms that broke the corporate hold on music and established the independence of performers.
Read my full review in early June on my blog at www. Nov 24, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: music. I would have given this book five stars for the writing alone, but Streissguth tried to pull off something that's just not possible. He tried to write the history of the Outlaw movement from just the Nashville perspective and thereby giving Austin short shrift.
It's also clear that he didn't really understand the impact that Austin musicians, like Jerry Jeff Walker, had on Waylon and Willie. It was Jerry Jeff who first fought for the artistic freedom to record with whomever and wherever he chose I would have given this book five stars for the writing alone, but Streissguth tried to pull off something that's just not possible.
It was Jerry Jeff who first fought for the artistic freedom to record with whomever and wherever he chose and ultimately got that with Decca. He strove to create an unvarnished, impromptu, live feel to his recordings, which became the hallmark of the Austin scene. Two years before Red Headed Stranger.
This was what Waylon and Willie took back to the Nashville recording studios with them. Mar 27, Cheryl rated it it was ok. I picked up a copy of this book because I am a fan of country music. I grew up on it, so I wanted to read this book as these are three men that are staples in this industry. So I was excited to read this book. Well I do have to say that it is packed full of information, however, I found that sometimes too much information is not always a good thing. Especially if you do not break up the information some with more personality. This is what I was hoping and looking for in this book I wanted to get to the meat of these men and hear from them more and the special stories they had.
Not really to read a book where I felt that I could gather this information from the internet.
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Sadly, I grew bored of this book and put it down and walked away from it. Feb 21, Rich Primo rated it it was amazing. What an outstanding book! Stays on point and doesn't pander to the legends it covers.
Opened my eyes to the artistry involved in the music and other key players I had never given any attention to. Highly recommend. Nov 07, Christopher Shawn rated it liked it. Head on down with Willie and Waylon and the boys who started a revolution. Tired of the same old tunes in Nashville, a few brave outlaws took country music by storm, and changed the rules for everyone while doing so.
Are you sure Hank done it this way? Jan 08, Joey rated it liked it Shelves: audio-books , country-music , music. Listened to the audiobook. Feb 01, Michael Haslett rated it it was amazing.