Music documentary

12-hour country music documentary “They Called Us Outlaws” detailed

Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and more appear

A six-chapter, 12-hour documentary on the history and legacy of the country-rock Outlaw movement of Cosmic Cowboys and Honky Tonk Hereoes is being released. They called us outlaws was written and directed by Austin filmmaker Eric Geadelman, and produced by Grammy Hall of Fame and “Original Outlaw” recipient Jessi Colter, in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

A decade in the making by Geadelmann and Denver-based Kelly Magelky, the indie project will feature more than 100 interviews and include many members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as luminaries from multiple genres and generations including Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn, Bobby Bare, Charlie McCoy, Al Kooper, Chris Gantry, Michael Martin Murphey, Billy F. Gibbons, Marcia Ball and Freda and Bobby Earl Smith of the Firedogs, Delbert McClinton, The Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jeff Hanna, Larry Gatlin, Willis Allan Ramsey, Gary P. Nunn of the Lost Gonzo Band and “Cosmic Bob” Livingston, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen and “The Outlaw Sweetheart” Kimmie Rhodes. They called us outlaws also featured interviews with a number of heroes from the era now gone too soon, including Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, Leon Russell, Tom T. Hall, Charlie Daniels, Richie Albright and Fred Foster.

Additionally, it includes dozens of scenes and performances with next-generation troubadours and rockers, performers and producers, including Shooter Jennings, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Margo Price, Jason Aldean, Chris Shiflett, Holly Williams, Jewel, Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers), Jon Randall, Rhett Miller, Jessi Alexander, Brett James, Randy Rogers, Parker McCollum, Lee Ann Womack, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Gary Allan, Charley Crockett, Aubrie Sellers, John R. Miller, William Beckman, Brooks & Dunn, Tony Brown, Allen Reynolds and Frank Liddell. Country Music Hall of Famer and legendary RCA chef Jerry Bradley and Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta explore the long-running “art versus commerce” battle and trends; and Academy Award-winning New York Times bestselling author Matthew McConaughey testifies to the cultural impact of the age of outlaws today and the need to continue it. They called us outlaws also features a treasure trove of rare and previously unreleased performance footage and unreleased recordings from many of the featured artists’ personal archives; and, in particular, presents concerts from Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters.

“What started as a single independent film – 3,707 days ago – about the so-called ‘outlaw country’ has become something of a 12-hour cinematic film about an era, which provides portraits of a multitude of remarkable artists, songwriters, musicians and producers – some well-known and some more obscure – who had (and have) the courage to follow what’s inside. ‘themselves…regardless of industry pressures and societal norms,” ​​says Geadelman. “The historical and cultural significance of their stories is echoed by a host of current singer-songwriters who embody the ethos independent of the heroes of “do it their own way”. With the formidable team of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and their partnership during its Outlaws & Armadillos exhibition, as well as a group of like-hearted and like-minded financiers same ideas of Austin and Nashville, I don’t think not that any of this would be possible without Jessi Colter. Her soul and her spirituality served as our guide – she is the heartbeat of this series of films.

In addition to Geadelmann, Magelky and Colter, the team behind They called us outlaws features multiple Academy of Country Music winner and Grammy nominee, Jack Ingram as Narrator and Executive Producer, 9-time Grammy winner, Ray Benson as Executive Producer, Director of Music Entertainment Ken Levitan as executive producer, acclaimed singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes as co-producer, musician/journalist Michael Simmons as associate producer and writer Joe Nick Patoski (“Willie Nelson An Epic Life,” “Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught In the Crossfire”, etc.), and Tamara Saviano (writer and filmmaker, “Without Getting Killed or Caught”) as consulting producers. Chris Coleman, acclaimed musician and band member Kings of Leon, created the music original via the new collective Scenic Road Revival, which also includes musicians Alex Munoz and Frank Rische.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has also forged a unique partnership with Geadelmann, who co-curated the museum’s recent major exhibition Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. The exhibit, which recently closed after a successful four-year run, featured archival footage as well as exclusive interviews captured by Geadelmann and Magelky across the wider They called us outlaws project.

Geadelmann returns to the museum today (Saturday, September 17) as part of AmericanaFest to screen an exclusive segment of They called us outlaws focused on Armadillo’s legendary world headquarters, the Austin Concert Hall. The excerpt, which was also shown as part of the museum’s exhibition, will be followed by a discussion with Geadelmann and key actors from the series. There are also several events scheduled for screenings in Austin, Los Angeles and Luckenbach, Texas throughout the year ahead of the film’s release. A behind-the-scenes podcast, the making of the film is in pre-production.

Newly formed Armadillo World Studios is the “Cosmic Cowboy” division of Austin-based finance and production group Shadowbrook Studios, which will officially launch soon with a slate of 12 high-profile music and sports documentary films already in production. Shadowbrook Studios was founded by Geadelmann, the tech entrepreneur turned filmmaker. Part of the proceeds of They called us outlaws will benefit the non-profit Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and its educational mission, as well as Mack, Jack and McConaughey (MJ&M), The Wittliff Collections, The Americana Music Association, HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), Austin Museum of Popular Culture (formerly SouthPop) and the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association.

A release date is coming soon.