This will certainly be a helluva show.
In honor of the upcoming release of They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes And the Rise of Renegade Troubadours documentary, the Grammy museum will host a special show on December 5th to preview the new film.
And not only will it include a special appearance by executive producer Jessi Colter, but her soon Shooter Jennings, as well as Tyler Childers, John R. Miller and Abby Hamilton will be on-hand for some very special performances.
Filmmakers Eric Geadelmann and Kelly Magelky will also participate in a roundtable discussion with former Kings of Leon band member Chris Coleman (who created the film series’ original music score), and narrator and executive producer Jack Ingram will join in, as well.
Shooter noted that he is thrilled to be part of this great film that details the journey of his father, Waylon Jennings, along with many others, and how they carved out their place in music history:
“Eric Geadelmann has spent countless hours and years of his life perfecting an expansive portrait of the history of the Country Music independent’s rebellion.
He came to us with a vision and has delivered a study of the artists and the paths they took to change the face of the music they loved.
Coming together to celebrate this historic work will surely be a highlight of any true music lover’s year. I’m excited to be a part of it and the music world will be better for it.”
Tyler Childers added that he’s honored to be in the film and have the opportunity to share the stage with the great Jessi Colter:
“I’m super excited to be part of this evening’s event. It’s an honor to not only be asked to be in this film, but to also be asked to play some music and share the stage with Jessi Colter.
I’m real stoked to see all my buddies too.”
The documentary is executive produced by Jessi, Jack and Ray Benson, and is in association with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
More than a decade in the making, it will feature everyone from Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Tom T. Hall, Charlie Daniels, and many, many more.
It was also feature some modern day stars of country music, such as Shooter Jennings, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Tyler Childers, Randy Rogers, Parker McCollum, Lee Ann Womack, Bruce Robison, Charley Crockett, John R. Miller, Brooks & Dunn, and more.
Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled to finally get to see the 12-hour documentary focused on the history of the Outlaw Country movement in the near future.
And the part that I’m possibly most excited for is all of the rare and never-before-seen performances from the height of Outlaw Country from Willie, Waylon and others that we’ll get to see when it airs.
That will surely be something special.
I’ve written pretty extensively about how Waylon and Willie both felt about being labeled “outlaws,” but it will be incredibly neat to take an in-depth look at this particular era of country music in the 1970’s, and the people who made it so incredible.
The documentary is slated to drop some time in 2023, and if you haven’t already checked out the trailer, make sure you do that now too: