When it comes to country music, this is my favorite sub-genre is Outlaw Country. Sure there is Texas Country, Red-dirt Country, but my favorite is so pure country and so badass it could only be Outlaw. I’m talking Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Country Legends like that. This is my top picks for Outlaw Country, past and present.
#8 Morgan Wallen
Country Singer Morgan Wallen might not be considered outlaw country to some, but when it comes to mullet wearing Morgan Wallen fans might think otherwise. The country music singer/songwriter is known for saying the “n word” while leaving his house after a night of drinking and missing appearances on major tv and award shows. This rebel outlaw singer is about as country as they come even rocking a Joe Diffie style mullet and fans do the same. Known for his #1 country music drinking song “Whiskey Glasses” Morgan Wallen is what most love about country music.
#7: Jamey Johnson
I have decided to put Jamey Johnson on this list as he just took a major stand against country radio in a BOLD outlaw country move. The 47 year old Jamey Johnson known for his song “In Color” blasted kicks country radio djs live on stage at his show in Lincoln Nebraska, telling them to get the fuck off the stage for not playing his music. Fans cheered as the crowd echoed his honest outlaw country stance.
#6: Chris Stapleton
#5: Steve Earle
#4: David Allen Coe
David Allen Coe is so outlaw he can’t play shows in certain states, some of his music has been pulled and he is banned from playing a lot of country music award shows popularity contests but who in the hell cares right? Some of his music might be consider raciest but it is also reminiscent of a time in America when you had freedom. Freedom in arts and music and expression and weren’t afraid to tell it like it is or was. Art at its purest form. He will aways be an outlaw country legend for this it takes guts to make music with no care about what people think.
#3 Charlie Daniels
From “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” to “Long Haired Country Boy” I can’t leave Charlie Daniels Music alone. Charlie Daniels Lyrics say it best:
A poor girl wants to marryAnd a rich girl wants to flirt A rich man goes to college And a poor man goes to work
Long Haired Country Boy Lyrics by Charlie Daniels panting a picture and telling you just how it is. Theres an honesty that comes out of that. Every country song should be that honest.
#2: Merle Haggard
#1: The Highway Men
All these Outlaws I had to mention together. The Highway Men were a group of country artists comprised of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. They were the group that made country “western” music famous. Made every single young country artist want to be like these guys, from the plains of Texas to the wind swept prairies of Kansas you really feel like your there when you listen to one of their songs. You can’t find a more legendary group then this in all of music these guys made waves in their solo careers but all together were unstoppable. From getting arrested to banned from the Opry to smoking weed and landing helicopters in places helicopters shouldn’t be landed. These guys were the real deal.
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