The Outlaws

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $20/$15

Thursday, June 16 at 8 p.m.

For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now The Outlaws return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it’s about pride.

It’s About Pride is the new album from The Outlaws, a record four years in the making and perhaps 20 or more in the waiting. And for original Outlaws singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Paul, it’s a hard-fought revival whose success can be measured in old fans and new music.

Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws are known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies. The band’s first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown—featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Green Grass & High Tides” and “Knoxville Girl”—would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as many others.

The Outlaws’ live shows—more than 150 per year—are blazing 2+ hour tributes to the band’s rich history and fiery rebirth. Classic tracks and fan favorites from the first three albums share the spotlight with songs from the new disc that are already being embraced by audiences.

But it’s the new album that brings the experience home. The disc opens with “Tomorrow’s Another Night,” a scorching take on the band’s history complete with monster harmonies and a killer hook. “Hidin’ Out In Tennessee” delivers classic Outlaws country/bluegrass energy. The disc’s closer, “So Long,” is a haunting re-recording of Henry’s 1979 classic. But the new album’s true centerpiece is its title track, co-written by Henry Paul and Billy Crain. “It’s About Pride” is both tribute and testimony from a band that has lived it all, played it all and returns to reclaim it all. For The Outlaws, it’s still about the music. And now more than ever, it’s about pride.