Outlaw You

Album: The Other Life (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Shooter addressing country music's fake outlaws. Shooter's father was Waylon Jennings, a leading member of the Outlaw Movement, who fought the Nashville establishment to record music in a more authentic manner. He takes aim here at the younger country singers who don't know the history and don't understand where Outlaw came from.

    In our interview with Jennings, he said: "I heard one of those early kind of bro-country songs in a restaurant and I was like, 'What if someone did a song that sounded like this and makes fun of songs like this?' That was my initial thought and I went back and wrote that song pretty quickly."
  • Shooter says that his dad didn't like the term "outlaw," since he thought it detracted from the music.
  • The music video proved very popular, but it was done fast and cheap. It's simple a shot of Jennings walking down Music Row in Nashville singing the song while he's filmed from the back of a truck. "We shot that thing in one shot and the saddest part was, here we are with a blaring stereo walking up and down Music Row during business hours and everyone had been fired," Jennings told us. "It was so sad. The cops didn't care, the people didn't care, nobody came out. It was like, Oh man, it's kind of depressing down here. We wanted them to get mad at us for being out there and everybody had been fired and all the buildings were empty and Music Row was just asleep."

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