The Outlaws, one of Southern rock's most influential and best-loved bands, is releasing Legacy Live, a double live CD, on November 18. For a band that thrives on stage, nothing can be better than burning classics like "There Goes Another Love Song" "Ghost Riders," "Green Grass & High Tides" and "Freeborn Man" alongside more recent material like "It´s About Pride," "Hidin` Out In Tennessee" and "So Long." Over the course of 20 songs, the gritty southern rock of the Outlaws is as intense and passionate as ever.
“I want people to hear this album and see our show and realize that The Outlaws are still there,” says founding member and front man Henry Paul. “Our goal is to unite the fans and bring the group back into the limelight.”
The Outlaws’ live shows – more than 150 per year – are blazing two-hour-plus tributes to the band’s rich history and fiery rebirth. Classic tracks and fan favorites from the first three albums – as well as The Henry Paul Band’s definitive “Grey Ghost” – share the spotlight with songs from the newer discs. “I think the fans are coming away from shows feeling a part of the Outlaws experience,” Paul says.
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 band’s first three albums – The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – feature such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Green Grass & High Tides,” “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man.”
Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, the Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and 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. And with the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and especially songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007, it was feared that the Outlaws’ trail had come to an end.
Luckily, things turned out differently than expected: Along with founding members Henry Paul, Monte Yoho and Steve Grisham, the band features several of Southern Rock’s most respected veterans: Co-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.
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. “From the very beginning, our band had a heart,” Monte Yoho says, “for the Outlaws, it’s still about the music. And more than ever, it’s about live music!”
To pre-order Legacy Live, visit https://theoutlaws.lnk.to/LegacyLive
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