There’s a new documentary series in town.
Indeed, fans can experience the first look at the epic new documentary series, The outlaws called usbelow.
Armadillo World Studios’ next six-chapter, twelve-hour documentary about the history and legacy of the Outlaw country-rock movement of Cosmic Cowboys and Honky Tonk Heroes was unveiled today (August 30). Written and directed by Austin filmmaker Eric Geadelman and produced by Grammy Hall of Fame and “Original Outlaw” recipient Jessi Colter, the new series is set to be a hit with country fans and music historians alike.
After a decade in the making and currently in the final stages of production, the independent project will feature over 100 interviews and will include many members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as personalities 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 & “Cosmic Bob” Livingston, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen and “The Outlaw Sweetheart” Kimmie Rhodes.
The docuseries 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, the footage 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. Jerry Bradley, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and legendary head of RCA, and Scott Borchetta, founder of Big Machine Label Group.
New York Times bestselling author and Academy Award winner 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 twelve-hour cinematic film about an era, which provides portraits of a host 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 Eric Geadelmann,
“The historical and cultural significance of their stories is echoed by a host of current singer-songwriters who embody the independent hero ethos of ‘do it their way,'” he continues. “With the wonderful team at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and their partnership over its Outlaws and Armadillos exhibition, as well as a group of like-minded, like-minded financiers from Austin and Nashville, I don’t believe any of this would be possible without Jessi Colter. Her soul and her spirituality served as our guide – she is the heart of this series of films.
According to Colter, “If you want to know what really happened in the 70s in Nashville and Austin, pay attention. They called us outlaws is full of untold “underground” stories and equations that you have to figure out on your own. Hang on to see real American music coming. Roll boys…”
“This film series simply uses ‘outlaw’ as a way to get into the larger story of what it means to be an artist, and the importance of advancing legacies to allow the spirit of the renegade troubadour of”live forever– like Billy Joe Shaver wrote and sang,” Kelly Magelky added.
“Eric’s passion and Herculean effort to document this important element of Americana has been instrumental in telling the multi-layered story of Austin and Nashville through our exhibit,” said Kyle Young, Country Music General Manager. Hall of Fame and Museum. “Interviews and performance footage in They called us outlaws are historical gold and include invaluable commentary from central figures we have sadly lost in recent years, such as Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Fred Foster, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Jeff Walker and many more. We are delighted that these resources will be preserved in the museum’s first library and archive and made available to future generations of scholars and researchers.
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