outlaw country

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Often said to be derived from the Waylon Jennings song "Ladies Love Outlaws." The outlaw country genre was created as a response to the then-prevalent Nashville sound and growing popularity of country pop.

Noun[edit]

outlaw country (uncountable)

  1. A subgenre of country music that became popular during the 1970s, fusing older styles (such as honky-tonk) with newer styles including rock and blues. Artists involved wrote their own material, demanded creative control of their music, and adopted an "outlaw" image.