The Outlaw phenomenon greatly enlarged country music's audience in the 1970s. Led by such pacesetters as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Bobby Bare, artists in Nashville, TN and Austin, TX demanded the creative freedom to make their own country music, different from the pop-oriented sound that prevailed at the time.
In May 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s, a major exhibition of more than 5,000 square feet. Exploring an era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville and Austin, Outlaws & Armadillos features film content, including exclusive interviews and concert footage, by Austin-based filmmaker and exhibit co-curator, Eric Geadelmann.
This special 13-track vinyl companion piece to the exhibit Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70s features performances by all of the aforementioned legends plus Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Billy Joe Shaver, Cowboy Jack Clement, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser, Terry Allen, Marshal Chapman and Guy Clark.