This concert marks the opening weekend of the major exhibition "Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring '70s" in 2018 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit shines a light on an era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas—one built on creative freedom, and the complicated, surprising relationships between the two cities. The concert features some of key players who drove the Outlaw phenomenon, along with performances by artists of today who have been influenced and inspired by that music.
Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson begin the evening with the Jimmie Rodgers tune “T for Texas,” centering the night’s focus on the Nashville and Austin connection. They set the stage for a program that features many memorable songs and stories, and backing from a stellar house band led by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, which includes pedal steel guitarist Robby Turner, drummer Chris Powell, guitarists Jason Isbell, Chris Shiflett, and Charlie Worsham, fiddle player Amanda Shires, harmonica player Chris Hennessee, bassist Brian Allen, and harmony singers Maureen Murphy and Kristin Rogers.
Bobby Bare performs “Marie Laveau,” his #1 country hit from 1974, written by Shel Silverstein. Billy Joe Shaver delivers “Honky Tonk Heroes” from the landmark Waylon Jennings album of the same name, and “Georgia on a Fast Train.” Amanda Shires performs an a capella version of “Star in My Heart,” followed by Jason Isbell’s performance of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty,” one of Willie Nelson’s benchmark hits.
Canadian singer Colter Wall performs Nelson’s definitive Outlaw song “Red Headed Stranger,” Jessi Colter and Jamey Johnson sing “I Ain't the One,” Tanya Tucker delivers one of her signature hits “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone), and Ashley Monroe and Waylon Payne duet on “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” See performance index below for full listing.
The exhibition “Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring '70s,” closes June 7 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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