Title - 'Dixie Highway'
Artist - Outlaws
For those not in the know, with the release of Dixie Highway, the Outlaws once again blaze a route that is as familiar to the faithful as it is unflinching in its mission.
Indeed, the Outlaws will celebrate their 45th anniversary since the release of the first album with the release of this brand new album Dixie Highway (out now via SPV / Steamhammer).
The band who released legendary albums like Hurry Sundown and Ghost Riders and are spoken of within the same genre as both Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet as being one of the biggest Southern Rock bands there has ever been.
In 2016, the band, still led by original members Henry Paul and Monte Yoho, released the much acclaimed live album Legacy Live, but this new one takes the band back to their roots; and is the first one of new and reworked material since 2012.
1. 'Southern Rock Will Never Die'
2. 'Heavenly Blues'
3. 'Dixie Highway'
4. 'Over Night from Athens'
5. 'Endless Ride'
6. 'Dark Horse Run'
7. 'Rattlesnake Road'
8. 'Lonesome Boy from Dixie'
10. 'Windy City's Blue'
11. 'Macon Memories'
As you would expect, from the very off the Outlaws' (Henry Paul; Monte Yoho, drums; Randy Threet, bass, vocals; Steve Grisham, guitars, vocals; Dave Robbins, keyboards, vocals; Dale Oliver, guitars, vocals; Jaran Sorenson, drums, and guest guitarist Billy Crain) distinctive sound is up and running, with the rocker 'Southern Rock Will Never Die' opening the gates and admirably leading the way.
That's backed by an old favorite, a remake of 'Heavenly Blues' from their third album, and then we get the thunderous 'Dixie Highway' (itself taken from a southern rock supergroup project called Brothers of the Southland).
Next up is the funky Southern guitar rock of 'Over Night from Athens,' which in turn is followed by the mid-tempo rock of 'Endless Ride.'
We then get the balladeering vibe of 'Dark Horse Run' (sung by Steve Grisham) which is then backed by the hyper ZZ Top-esque 'Rattlesnake Road,' and then some passionate storytelling within 'Lonesome Boy from Dixie' (written by Tommy Crain of CDB fame).
The brilliant, searing guitar work of 'Showdown' (their new 'Waterhole') is one massive highlight here, and then the album rounds out with a remake of the Frank O'Keefe demo, 'Windy City's Blue' (which features some memorable guitar from Dale Oliver and Steve Grisham's passionate vocals), before coming to a close with a song about the Allman Brothers Band, 'Macon Memories.'
In closing, the music, the lyrics, the vocals, the overall enthusiasm of the guitar play here is beyond incredible, and is still simply top notch throughout. Bravo, Outlaws! Bravo!
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OUTLAWS USA Tour Dates 2020
FEB 8 River City Casino & Hotel @ ST. LOUIS, MO
FEB 14 Parker Playhouse @ FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
FEB 16 The Plaza Live @ ORLANDO, FL
MAR 5 Lyric Theatre @ STUART, FL
MAR 7 Seminole Casino @ IMMOKALEE, FL
MAR 8 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall @ PONTE VEDRA, FL
MAR 27 Space at Westbury Theater @ WESTBURY, NY
MAR 28 Carlisle Theatre @ CARLISLE, PA
MAR 29 The Lamp @ IRWIN, PA
MAR 31 Daryl's House @ PAWLING, NY
APR 1 Warehouse @ FAIRFIELD, CT
APR 2 Infinity Hall @ NORFOLK, CT
APR 3 Stadium Theatre @ WOONSOCKET, RI
APR 4 Infinity Hall @ HARTFORD, CT
MAY 24 Cumberland Caverns Live @ MCMINNVILLE, TN
JUN 26 Elevation 27 @ VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
JUN 28 Rock, Ribs, & Ridges @ AUGUSTA, NJ