The Outlaws

Rams Head Presents

The Outlaws

Billy Crain

Fri, April 6, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$50.00 - $65.00

This event is 21 and over

The Outlaws
The Outlaws
For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre.

Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass & High Tides”, “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man” – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. Henry Paul left after the group’s third album to form The Henry Paul Band for Atlantic Records, and later the multi-Platinum country trio Blackhawk. Over the next 20+ years, The Outlaws would experience rampant personnel changes, tonal missteps, ill-fated reunions and bitter trademark battles that left fans – not to mention Paul and Yoho – frustrated and saddened. And with the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and especially songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007, it was feared that The Outlaws’ trail had come to an end.

“The Outlaws were the one area of my career where I had regrets,” admits Paul. “More importantly, I think it was the one area in my career where I thought I still have something to prove. I felt compelled to stick my neck out and take a chance of putting this band back together. I knew we would be judged, but I hoped we would be judged on our abilities.” Along with founding members Paul and Yoho, the band features several of Southern Rock’s most respected veterans: Lead guitarist Billy Crain first developed a fervent following as an original member of The Henry Paul Band and would later become a hit songwriter for The Dixie Chicks, The Bellamy Brothers, Martina McBride and Poco. Co-lead guitarist and longtime Outlaw Chris Anderson is well known for his collaborations with artists that include Dickey Betts, Lucinda Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and Skynyrd. Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Robbins is a co-founding member of Blackhawk and has written hit songs for artists that include Restless Heart, Kenny Rogers and Eric Clapton. Bassist/vocalist Randy Threet has performed with Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood and Blackhawk, and is familiar to TV audiences from USA Network’s ‘Nashville Star’. “From the very beginning, our band had a heart,” Monte Yoho says. “And a lot of people who come out and see this incarnation of the band respond to the exact same things we used to put on that stage in the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

On that stage, the band burns hotter than ever: “The Outlaws helped define Southern Rock for me and for generations of fans,” wrote music journalist Bill Robinson in June 2012 in The Huffington Post. “Seeing them onstage with The Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd or countless others was, for a long time, one of the best experiences I could have. And so it was again when I saw The Outlaws play recently.” The Outlaws’ live shows – more than 150 per year – are blazing 2+ hour tributes to the band’s rich history and fiery rebirth. Classic tracks and fan favorites from the first three albums – as well as The Henry Paul Band’s definitive “Grey Ghost” – share the spotlight with songs from the new disc that are already being embraced by audiences. “I think the new songs go back to those first three classic albums, when the band was proud of its influences from country, blues and jazz,” says Billy Crain. “Plus, Chris Anderson and I have honored and maybe even stepped up the legacy of the ‘guitar army’. Fans are coming away from shows feeling a part of the Outlaws experience.”
Billy Crain
Billy Crain
I've played in front of 1,100,000 people in Washington, D.C. on the fourth of July and performed for no one in a club called the Losers on Christmas Eve. I was taught guitar by the best, my brother, Tommy Crain. I got to see Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Albert King, and Jimmy Page perform when I was a teenager. I've shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, ZZ Top, The Cars, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and all the heroes of old. I've played a show using Duane Allman's Les Paul, recorded a record using Steve Gaines Stratocaster, and am the proud owner of my brother's beloved Gold Top Les Paul. I've stayed up all night flipping quarters with Gregg Allman, jammed with Dicky Betts on "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" in the wee hours of the night in a hotel room in Philadelphia, and almost had the bottom half of my left ear bitten off by Allen Collins. Oh yeah, I drank whiskey with Jimmy Page too. I've shared the stage with a Blues Brother named Dan Ackroyd, traveled in Econoline Vans, Silver Eagles, and puddle jumper planes and toured the world many times over. I've had Gretchen Wilson over to the house to sing demos for me, and Keith Urban spent his first ever Thanksgiving with me and my family. I've recorded with little known acts at the time like Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks. I've received royalty checks for as little as 15 cents and as big as $80,000. I've been an Outlaw, a Bellamy Brother, a Music Row songwriter and producer and session guitar player, won songwriter awards, received multi-platinum sales awards and ended up shoveling horse manure to pay my child support. I have been saved by the Grace of God, been a foster parent, a humanitarian to Haiti, and buried my brother, my parents, been sued, helped my wife survive cancer, adopted 2 children and had to retire indefinitely from the road, all in a 2 year period. I still love to play guitar, write songs, and make records, I love Jesus and my wife and 4 children and that's about all you need to know about me.......
Venue Information:
Key West Theater
512 Eaton Street
Key West, FL, 33040