The Outlaws, like Lynryd Skynrd who we discussed in an earlier post, came out of Florida in the late 1960s. There were lots of personnel changes, and aborted recording efforts, before the group was “discovered” by Clive Davis at a 1974 concert where they were the opening act for Lynyrd Skynrd. Clive subsequently signed them as the first act for his new Arista record label and the Outlaws were finally on their way.
Yesterday we talked about the classic dual lead guitar sound from the Outlaws but I didn’t mention that the Outlaws actually had three guitarist. This set them apart from a lot of other southern rock bands, like the Allman Brothers, that only had two. i have to say that seeing the three guitarist lined up across the stage at one of their concerts was quite a sight!
We sampled the Outlaw’s first album yesterday, today we will sample their second (Lady in Waiting) and third albums (Hurry Sundown). These first three albums represent the best that the group had to offer. First up is a change of pace from their second album called Girl From Ohio. This song highlights the group’s country side and their nice vocal harmonies. These harmonies were yet another element of their sound that made it unique.
My favorite Outlaws song is Hurry Sundown which is from their third album. This song includes great harmonies and the wonderful Outlaw guitar sound making it the perfect song…. in my opinion! Let’s listen……
If you enjoyed the Outlaw songs featured over the past two days I highly recommend that you pick up their first three albums. You will not regret it.
A band called the Outlaws continues to perform today but this band, for the most part, is not made up of the musicians that formed the classic Outlaw lineup. Unfortunately many of the original members, like lead singer and guitarist Hughie Tomasson, have died.
Let me know what you think.