Outlaw Country

His Mickey Mouse Ways

Jun 15, 2016 By Dave Hickey

In a world full of evil dudes pretending to be good guys, Waylon Jennings was a good guy pretending to be an evil dude and never quite succeeding.

The Red Hooded Stranger

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Hall

Is Willie Nelson Santa Claus? We asked him that, and a few other things—like what it's like to get busted and get along with Pat Robertson and Snoop Dogg.

That ’70s Show

Jan 21, 2013 By John Spong

Forty years ago, Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff, and a whole host of Texas misfits grew their hair long, snubbed Nashville, and brought the hippies and rednecks together. The birth of outlaw country changed country music forever.

A Q&A With John Spong

Jan 21, 2013 By Ariel Min

The senior editor on writing about outlaw country, hearing Jerry Jeff Walker tell stories, and listening to good music.

Not Fade Away

Aug 31, 2012 By Andy Langer

Can a posthumous release of Waylon Jennings’s last recordings keep his legacy from disappearing?

Entertainer of the Century—Willie Nelson

Dec 1, 1999 By Joe Nick Patoski

“Willie Nelson doesn’t fit the stereotype of a 66-year-old veteran of a profession that eats its young. The goofy grin he flashes conveys the vibe that he really and truly likes what he’s doing. We like it too.”

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Willie at 65

Apr 1, 1998 By Gary Cartwright

The Red Headed Stranger is about to be eligible for Medicare? Ain’t it funny how time slips away.

A Star Is Reborn

Mar 1, 1997 By Gary Cartwright

A year after Kris Kristofferson’s standout role in Lone Star, Hollywood is still marveling over his comeback. He is too. by Gary Cartwright

Poor Willie

Apr 30, 1991 By Robert Draper

When the IRS seized all that Willie Nelson had, it was a case of the man who can’t say no meeting the men who won’t take no for an answer.

This is Now

Feb 1, 1989 By Alison Cook

Looking forward to Jerry Jeff Walker’s second Luckenbach, looking into a new way to settle feuds, and looking back over the career of Texas’ most prolific unknown author.