New outlaw country exhibit opening by the Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s next major exhibition will be “Outlaws & Armadillos” Country’s Roaring ‘70s, according to an announcement on Jan. 11. The exhibition will open on May 25, 2018, and will run for nearly three years in Nashville.

The “Outlaws & Armadillos” exhibition will tell the story of an era when rulebreakers started a cultural revolution. The names synonymous with “outlaw” include Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, Jessi Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Cowboy Jack Clement, David Alan Coe, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Joe Shaver, Tompall Glaser, and Townes Van Zandt.

Seminal outlaw releases 45 years ago included Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie, Waylon Jennings’ Honky Tonk Heroes, Joe Shaver’s Old Five and Dimers Like Me, and Jerry Jeff Walker’s Viva Terlingua, according to Rolling Stone. The exhibition will explore the cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, by displaying never-seen artifacts and revealing untold stories.

The Nashville Sound of the late 1950s and 60s was commercially successful, but some artists, like Nelson and Jennings, felt stifled by the Music Row recording model. Outlaw music was also influenced by the social and cultural unrest that swept the country in the 60s.

See the Visit Music City website for additional information about the fascinating history of the Outlaw movement in country music. It was an era that rocked the status quo on Music Row and changed the sound of country music.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Nashville, TN. The museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits of interest to fans of country music. See the Country Music Hall of Fame website for information about exhibits and tickets.