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WANTED! THE OUTLAWES

In 1976, Willie Nelson teamed up with fellow bad boys Waylon Jennings and Tompall Glaser for an album that would become a classic of the outlaw country sound

Willie Nelson was an unlikely rebel. After arriving in Nashville in 1960, he built a reputation as a gifted and prolific songwriter, mixing honkytonk, Western swing and pop sophistication. RCA made attempts to promote him as a hillbilly Sinatra, but Nelson’s musical idiosyncrasies ran deep. He’d record an LP full of classic honky-tonk songs and then write a complex, philosophical concept album on the meaning of life. While Nelson was in Nashville, he began hanging out with fellow RCA misfits Waylon Jennings and Tompall Glaser. Glaser had built a studio on 19th Avenue South, a few blocks from the heart of Music Row, that he dubbed ‘Hillbilly Central’. The studio progressively became a clubhouse, of sorts, for songwriters and musicians who saw themselves as slightly outside of the Nashville mainstream.

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