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outlaw music

movement of American country music in the 1970s spearheaded by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (b. June 15, 1937, Littlefield, Texas, U.S., -d. February 13, 2002, Chandler, Arizona, ). Sometimes called progressive country, outlaw music was an attempt to escape the formulaic constraints of the (simple songs, the use of studio musicians, and lush production), country's dominant style in the 1960s. An outgrowth of the honky-tonk style pioneered by Hank Williams, it mixed folk's introspective lyrics, rock's rhythms, and country's instrumentation. Like Southern rock and the country rock that developed in Los Angeles, outlaw music was a rock and roots music hybrid that had a local flavour

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