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Outlaw

Mark Chesnutt

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Album Review

Though he arrived in Nashville during a different time period with the rest of the "new traditionalists," Mark Chesnutt was always a breed apart. His time with the majors netted him some hits, but he hasn't been recording for the biggies for eight years now. His independent records have been consistent, sticking close to his love for honky tonk and roots country. As a title, Outlaw may be an outdated term in the industry, but Chesnutt doesn't care. On this 12 song-set recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Pete Anderson, Chesnutt pays tributes to the heroes of his youth, covering songs by Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Jr., Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Shel Silverstein, and others. All of these songs have been covered before and often, and Chesnutt doesn't do anything revolutionary with any of them — and that's the point: perfection needs no improvement. Beginning with Shaver's "Black Rose," you can actually feel the presence of its author The sentiment expressed in Hank Jr.'s "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" is a reflection of the truth in a life lived rather than a party anthem. In Jennings' arrangement of Neil Young's "Ready for the Country" — featuring dueling slide guitars and fiddles — the listener can hear Waylon's ghost. The desolation in Kristofferson's "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," the desolation, and the strain of pained memory and loss are not hinted at, they're expressed as grief bravely articulated. Chesnutt and Anderson have turned in a no-frills, solid, lean, mean, rocking, emotionally sincere tribute to the outlaw generation, which is, in many ways, an extension of Chesnutt's own persona; these guys were the reasons he got into the business in the first place.

Customer Reviews

Outlaw

This latest release from Mark is what real country music is all about. Like the liner notes & albumn title says, Mark is a paying tribute to a Golden Era of country music - The Outlaw era. If you are a fan of the Outlaw Era, this album is a must have for your collection.
Mark's selection of songs digs a little deeper than a lot of tribute albums, as he mixes it up with well known favorites such as "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" & "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" with some lesser known hits like Waylon's "Black Rose".
Mark took on a large task of tackling such great songs but handles these songs as if they were his own. The albums final track, "Desperados Waiting For a Train" is a great example of Mark taking the song that the Highwaymen covered and making it his own - it's like Mark lived out the lyrics of that song.
This is the best album was a pleasant surprise & the nest I have picked up in a long time. If you are a fan of great music from the Outlaw Era, you will not is dissapointed with any of the songs in this collection.

Biography

Born: September 06, 1963 in Beaumont, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Neo-honky tonker Mark Chesnutt parlayed a solid grounding in classic country into chart-topping stardom during the '90s. Born in Beaumont, TX, in 1963, Chesnutt grew up listening to his father's extensive country-record collection (Bob Chesnutt had been a locally popular singer who never hit it big, and thus worked as a used-car salesman). Chesnutt learned both guitar and drums, and made his professional singing debut with his father's band at age 15 on the local club scene. He even dropped out of...
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