This is the first history of Outlaw country music from the 1970s to the present. The book presents an overview of the rise of country music from Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to Hank Williams, followed by a discussion of its increased commercialization. Outlaws Still At Large! then explains the rise of the 1970s Outlaw movement with chapter profiles of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Billy Joe Shaver and David Allan Coe.
The book goes into greater depth of how the current Outlaw movement emerged, and then the heart of the book: 15 chapter profiles of current Outlaw artists who reflect a diversity of influences and styles.
The chapters are filled with personal stories and insights into the making of today's Outlaw scene. The book closes with reflections on the indie record labels and promoters.
Running throughout the book is the story of how Outlaw music transformed the author and how it has the potential to change others.
About Neil Hamilton, Shooter Jennings writes in the foreword that he is "insanely neurotic" and "obsessed with perfection." He adds: "Neil is someone who cares very deeply for music and art. He cares so deeply that he's willing to spend as much time as he finds necessary to do this right, to do it true, and to do justice to the thing he loves and protects with such grace and dignity. He is, like us, a warrior." Artist Jackson Taylor says that "Neil Hamilton had the balls, ability, and fortitude to climb the mountain" and write the story of the Outlaw movement.
Neil Hamilton is a professor of American history at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.
To learn more about the book and hear a fantastic Outlaw Country performance by Bert David Newton click on the video link.
You can also purchase the book at www.outlawsstillatlarge.com
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