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Outlaws, The - 2012 It's About Pride

ARTIST: Outlaws, The
ALBUM: It's About Pride
LABEL: Mirror Lake
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Henry Paul - vocals - guitars * Monte Yoho - drums, percussion * Billy Crain - lead guitar, vocals * Chris Anderson - lead guitar, vocals * Randy Threet - bass, vocals * Dave Robbins - keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tomorrow's Another Night * 02 Hidin' Out In Tennessee * 03 It's About Pride * 04 Born To Be Bad * 05 Last Ghost Town * 06 Nothin' Main About Main Street * 07 The Flame * 08 Trail Of Tears * 09 Right Where I Belong * 10 Alex's Song * 11 Trouble Rides A Fast Horse * 12 So Long



It was interesting to learn recently that Derek Oliver included two Outlaws albums to the ever impressive roster of Rock Candy Records. These included the 1978 double live set 'Bring It Back Alive' and 1986's 'Winds Of Fortune' which we reviewed not so long ago. Whilst this reissue talk is all very topical, we should not discount the return of the band and their latest 2012 effort 'It's About Pride' issued on the small Mirror Lake label. While The Outlaws took a severe broadside with the passing of Hughie Thomasson back in 2007, the two mainstays Henry Paul and drummer Monte Yoho continue to keep things alive and to progress onward beyond 2012. These days, the personnel are a merger of three bands from years gone by: The Outlaws themselves (with Henry and Monte), the Henry Paul Band including Henry and lead guitarist Billy Crain, plus country superstars Blackhawk, with the inclusion of bassist Randy Threet and keyboardist Dave Robbins. Chris Anderson has been with the band since 2005, he had an earlier stint during the mid-late 80's and has appeared with many country artists too. This album got a swag of positive reviews last year, including some from our own staff writers who placed the CD in their top 10 picks. So while we (correction, I) maybe slow to getting around to this album, I'm better late than never.

The Songs
What's apparent from the get-go are the multiple part vocal harmonies. Mostly known for their guitar army approach to southern rock, this aspect hasn't been lost with Paul, Anderson and Crain keeping the triple guitar fun at the forefront. 'Tomorrow's Another Night' is a fairly glossy start, with layered guitar work and some fancy vocals. It's all good traditional southern rock that is both reflective of the past and in keeping with contemporary modern times. The Outlaws are able to shift within the confines of their past (both within the band and external references), so when a song like 'Hidin' Out In Tennessee' crosses your footpath, it wouldn't be a stretch to drop this into Blackhawk's past material. The title track 'It's About Pride' is a slower number, but picks up pace quikcly, and before long we get a guitar flourish typical of those extended jams from the past. Not surprisingly, this one is over 7 minutes long. 'Born To Be Bad' captures the songtitle with ease, the song an uptempo kick ass rebel rouser! 'Last Ghost Town' reverts to a mid-tempo milder form of rock, you can imagine the tumbleweeds rollin' on through with this one. Acoustic guitars are the order of the day on 'Nothin' Main About Main Street', a song I'm sure we can all relate to when we return to the town of our upbringing, and how times have changed. I like the analog delay effects on 'Flame', a song which typifies melodic southern rock to a tee. 'Trail Of Tears' is a war song from the 1800's, 'Alex's Song' is a quaint acoustic offering, a gentle country rock tune, 'Trouble Rides A Fast Horse' is a rumbling rocker while the closing 'So Long' is just classic rock Outlaws demonstrating that all is good in the Confederate territory of southern rock. This one is a reworking of a Henry Paul Band track, taken from his 1979 self-titled LP.

In Summary
The Outlaws have been 40 years in the making, give or take. To be honest, the band haven't really been too far off the beaten track to be totally forgotten, and to think that 'It's About Pride' is only their twelfth studio album, the stats averages out to about one album every three years. In 2013, The Outlaws are busier than ever, and it shows that genuine longevity with bands such as these guys will ensure that there is a demand for them on the popular American classic rock circuit.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 25 2013 04:12:07
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#2 | Eric on April 25 2013 12:11:02
Should of made my list of 2012 had I heard it. One of my most played discs this year.
#3 | rkbluez on April 26 2013 02:23:59
Easily one of the best albums in their this screams...CLASS!!
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