The Outlaws is coming! Get it? It’s a movie reference for those who might not have known. The movie in question is The Three Stooges’ 1965 movie by the same name. Of course that movie was anything but good, thanks to one Curly Joe DeRita. It isn’t the focus of today’s review. The Outlaws in question getting the focus today is the Tampa Bay, Florida based Southern Rock band. The Outlaws has been making music for four decades. This band has been there through thick and thin during the entire course of its career. And next month, The Outlaws will release its eleventh full length studio album, titled, “It’s About Pride.”
“It’s About Pride” is a fitting title for the band’s new album as it’s an album of which the band’s fans new and old will be proud. The album opens strongly with the song, ‘Tomorrow’s Another Night.’ It’s a straight forward country rock style song with a hopeful chorus that in its own way outlines everything that this band has been through in its career. The band sings in the chorus, “Tomorrow’s another night/Maybe the light will shine on me/I’ll take what I’m given/And I’ll hold on tight/Win or lose/it’s gonna be alright/But tomorrow’s another night.” The song drives, musically speaking, through its entire four and a half minute run time, keeping listeners’ ears the whole time. The multi-guitar “attack” and guitar solos add their own flare to the song, too.
The band follows up ‘Tomorrow’s Another Night’ with an equally driving song in ‘Hidin’ Out in Tennessee.’ It’s basically another song about life on the road for a band. This type of song is nothing new to the music business. It crosses the border from rock to country. But rather than taking the Bon Jovi or Kid Rock route, The Outlaws take a more positive outlook here, singing, “Nobody knows where an outlaw goes/and they d*** sure don’t wanna be found/If you’re lookin’ for me/I’ll be hiding out in Tennessee.” The song breaks down into a mini jam session from the last chorus that will get any pure blood country fan on his or her feet. It’s a great way to finish off this song and segue into the next.
That next song is the album’s title track. And it’s bound to be one of the album’s biggest hits. For that matter it could very well become one of the band’s biggest hits in its entire four decade long career. Front man Henry Paul sings of the band’s roots, and its pride in those roots. As noted in the band’s bio, this song tells the story of how the band has endured so much and has still come back for more. As with ‘Hidin’ Out In Tennessee’, the multi-guitar attack adds its own touch. The music in general really catches the vibe of the song’s lyrics, too. It helps to convey the band’s early history and everything that it has faced to get where it is today.
The album’s opening trio of tracks is a great way to start off what is a great return for a band that’s been away for quite some time. They are only part of the overall success of the album, though. Fans will also enjoy the George Thorogood style ‘Born To Be Bad’ and the Neil Young/Lynyrd Skynyrd styled ‘Trouble Rides A Fast Horse.’ Fans of fellow southern rock acts such as the Eagles and Tom Petty will like ‘Trail of Tears’ and ‘Right Where I Belong.’ ‘Trail of Tears’ is a touching story of what happened to the Native American community as a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Whether these songs or any others, fans will all have more than their share of favorite songs. They all combine to make for an album that any fan of southern rock and/or country will enjoy.
“It’s About Pride” hits stores Tuesday, September 25th via Rocket Science Ventures. While fans wait for the album’s release, they can see them live on tour. The band will be in Vernal, Utah next Friday, August 17th for the annual Country Explosion. To see more tour dates and keep up with all the latest from The Outlaws, fans can check them out online at http://www.outlawsmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/outlawsmusic, http://twitter.com/outlawsmusic, and on the band’s official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/outlawsmusic.
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