If the term “outlaw country” evokes images of Willie Nelson’s hippie braids or Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes,” then you’ll want to see the new museum exhibit exploring the poets, pickers and characters who revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
“Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring '70s” at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, runs through 2021. It features never-before-seen photos and interviews with musicians, memorabilia, instruments and original artwork and concert posters.
Displays include Kris Kristofferson’s Army uniform, Guy Clark’s Randall knife, Nelson’s sneakers, a stuffed armadillo and a copper still for making bootleg whiskey that was donated by Tom T. Hall.
Austin-based filmmaker Eric Geadelmann, a co-curator of the exhibit, put together videos for the exhibit’s eight screens featuring interviews with Kristofferson, Clark, Jessi Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver and more.
The exhibit’s walls are lined with dozens of concert posters, many of them from illustrator Jim Franklin, who designed surrealistic artwork for concerts held at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. For more information, go to countrymusichalloffame.org