'Outlaws and Armadillos' celebrates the golden age of outlaw country

If you're a fan of classic country, it's a little disheartening to hear what currently passes for country music on commercial radio. It's a far cry from outlaw country of the 70s. Sony is celebrating outlaw country with a two-disc collection of songs that coincides with the Outlaws and Armadillos exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which will open on May 25. 

The collection is a treasure for fans of outlaw country. It opens with the classic Waylon Jennings song "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" and closes with "Ain't Livin' Long like This" by Rodney Crowell. It also includes favorites like "Red Headed Stranger" by Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash's version of "No Expectations". Songs by Jessi Colter, Emmylou Harris, and Marcia Bell also appear on the collection to give some much-deserved attention to the women of country. 

Each CD contains 18 songs, and the collection includes a 32-page booklet that presents the history of the outlaw-country era. If you want to revisit the days of outlaw country, this collection is a good way to do it. Outlaws and Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70s will be available digitally and on CD on May 18. It will be available on vinyl this summer.

Track listing
Disc 1
1. "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" – Waylon Jennings                                  
2. "Why You Been Gone So Long" – Jessi Colter                                                        
3. "Me and Paul" – Willie Nelson                                                                                
4. "Back In the Goodle Days" – John Hartford
5. "Desperados Waiting For the Train" – Guy Clark                                                   
6. "Rex’s Blues" – Townes Van Zandt
7. "No Place To Fall" – Steve Young                                                                            
8. "I Ain’t Looking For the Answers Anymore" – Tompall Glaser                
9. "Marie Laveau" – Bobby Bare                                                                                 
10. "Rode Hard and Put Up Wet" – Marshall Chapman                                            
11. "London Homesick Blues" – Jerry Jeff Walker (vocal by Gary P. Nunn)
12. "Groover’s Paradise" – Doug Sahm
13. "I Had My Hopes Up High" – Joe Ely                                                         
14. "Joe, Don’t Let Your Music Kill You" – Tom T. Hall
15. "Old Five and Dimers Like Me" – Billy Joe Shaver                                                
16. "Honky Tonk Heroes" – Waylon Jennings                                                            
17. "You Asked Me To" – Cowboy Jack Clement
18. "Allegheny" – Chris Gantry                                                                                    

Disc 2
1. "Amarillo Highway (for Dave Hickey)" – Terry Allen
2. "Gettin’ By" – Jerry Jeff Walker
3. "Too Much Fun" – Commander Cody
4. "Don’t Ask Me Why (I’m Going To Texas)" – Asleep At the Wheel                       
5. "Dallas" – The Flatlanders
6. "Cosmic Cowboy, Pt. 1" – Michael Murphey
7. "Sold American" – Kinky Friedman                                                 
8. "Leaving Louisiana In the Broad Daylight" – Marcia Bell                           
9. "I Still Sing the Old Songs" – David Allan Coe                                                         
10. "The Pilgrim--Chapter 33" – Kris Kristofferson                                                     
11. "No Expectations" – Johnny Cash                                                                         
12. "Red Headed Stranger" – Willie Nelson                                                               
13. "Satin Sheets" – Willis Alan Ramsey                                                      
14. "Easy From Now On" – Emmylou Harris                                                       
15. "San Francisco Mabel Joy" – Mickey Newbury
16. "11 Months and 29 Days" – Johnny Paycheck                                                      
17. "You Can Have My Husband" – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble          
18. "Ain’t Living Long Like This" – Rodney Crowell