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Outlaws, Renegades & Rogues: Songs of the Badman

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Outlaws, Renegades & Rogues: Songs of the Badman Review

by Steve Leggett

Nothing lasts like an outlaw ballad. Drawing heavily on the Appalachian song bag, these timeless narratives of murder, mayhem, moonshining, and gambling tell the same two or three types of cautionary tale with nary a trace of irony. Everything here is given a bluegrass approach, which makes for some fine picking, but the songs themselves seem to get treated like afterthoughts, mere excuses to get to the instrumental breakdowns. Still, the American fascination with living outside the law shines through, until one imagines that the quickest way to immortality is to rob a bank and have someone write a song about it, hopefully with plenty of room for a blazing banjo break.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Hylo Brown / Hylo Brown & The Timberliners / The Timberliners 01:41 Amazon
2
The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks / Jim Greer 01:26 Amazon
3
The Stoney Mountain Boys / Jim McCall / Earl Taylor 01:47 Amazon
4
J.E. Mainer / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers / Mountaineers 02:54 Amazon
5
Hylo Brown 02:25 Amazon
6
Mac Wiseman 01:47 Amazon
7
Nevada Slim 01:35 Amazon
8 The Tennessee Cut-Ups / Bill Harrell / Don Reno 02:01 Amazon
9 Hylo Brown / Hylo Brown & The Timberliners / The Timberliners 01:56 Amazon
10
The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks / Jim Greer 01:08 Amazon
11 Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups / Red Smiley 02:32 Amazon
12
The Boys From Shilo / Bobby Smith 01:36 Amazon
13
Hylo Brown 01:51 Amazon
14
Nevada Slim 03:13 Amazon
15
The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks / Jim Greer 01:36 Amazon
16
Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups / The Bluegrass Cut-Ups / Red Smiley 02:10 Amazon
17
Hylo Brown 03:09 Amazon
18
The Wear Family 01:16 Amazon
19
Red White & the Dixie Blue Grass Band 02:12 Amazon
20
Nevada Slim 01:54 Amazon
21
Hylo Brown / Hylo Brown & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups 01:43 Amazon
22
Log Cabin Boys 03:04 Amazon
23
Edith Roberts 01:30 Amazon
24
Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups / Red Smiley 02:01 Amazon
25 Hylo Brown 03:01 Amazon
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