Country’s Roaring ‘70s Outlaws & Armadillos Exhibit Opening Concert

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Presented by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville TN

May 25
Country’s Roaring ‘70s Outlaws & Armadillos Exhibit Opening Concert

Use presale code TENNESSEE starting 10 AM CDT, April 5

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a very special concert, under the musical direction of Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, to mark the opening of the museum’s new major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. The concert, exhibit and additional programs will explore an era of intense cultural exchange between Nashville and Austin, Texas, in the 1970s, when country music’s Outlaw movement was on the rise.

Outlaws & Armadillos opens May 25, for a nearly three-year run, with the separately ticketed concert set for 8pm that day.

Musical directors Cobb and Jennings, working with museum staff, have assembled a lineup that includes top-rank performers from both Tennessee and Texas. Such a presentation usually comes together only for multi-day music festivals. A one-night show of such scope and quality is not likely to be repeated. (Jennings is the son of key Outlaw figures Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.)

The unparalleled roster of artists slated to grace the stage of the museum’s CMA Theater includes Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare and a veteran crew of renegades and iconoclasts including Jessi Colter, Joe Ely, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary P. Nunn, Willis Alan Ramsey, Kimmie Rhodes (appearing with Delbert McClinton) and Billy Joe Shaver, all of whom are represented in the exhibit.

From a new generation of torchbearers will come Jason Boland, Jack Ingram, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Amanda Shires, and Colter Wall, ensuring that the audience will experience an unprecedented and historic evening of melody and mayhem.

This special concert is being made possible with support from sponsors Ben Milam Whiskey and Luckenbach Texas, a legendary Texas music venue.

The museum’s new exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos, spotlights the rollicking revolution that took place when Bare, Guy Clark, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others wrested creative control from record companies and made music that was poetic, hard-charging, and uncompromised.

Co-curated by museum staffers Peter Cooper and Michael Gray with Austin filmmaker Eric Geadelmann, the exhibit includes items such as the still where storyteller Tom T. Hall and the “bootleg preacher” Will D. Campbell made whiskey, the Randall knife that once belonged to Guy Clark’s father, the paintings of Susanna Clark, the outfit worn by Joe Ely when he worked at a circus, the remarkable photography of Leonard Kamsler and Marshall Fallwell Jr., the Gibson guitar played by Cowboy Jack Clement, and the Armadillo art of Jim Franklin.

The concert will paint a vivid picture of the era, in Nashville and in Austin, and its lasting impact.

An exhibit companion two-CD set, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s, will be released May 18 in digital and CD formats, in partnership with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. The set will be available this summer on 12-inch vinyl. The set contains 36 tracks and a 32-page booklet detailing the rich history of the era. The set will be available for pre-order starting April 2 at:

Source: Country Music Hall of Fame


Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am CDT on Friday, April 6.

$40.95/Ticket (Includes Museum Admission)

Contact: (615) 416-2001

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CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 5th Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37203
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