Various Artists

Outlaws, Renegades & Rogues: Songs of the Badman

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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
01:41 Amazon
2
01:26 Amazon
3
01:47 Amazon
4
02:54 Amazon
5
02:25 Amazon
6
01:47 Amazon
7
01:35 Amazon
8 02:01 Amazon
9 01:56 Amazon
10
01:08 Amazon
11 02:32 Amazon
12
01:36 Amazon
13
01:51 Amazon
14
03:13 Amazon
15
01:36 Amazon
16
02:10 Amazon
17
03:09 Amazon
18
01:16 Amazon
19
02:12 Amazon
20
01:54 Amazon
21
01:43 Amazon
22
03:04 Amazon
23
01:30 Amazon
24
02:01 Amazon
25 03:01 Amazon
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