I didn’t think there could ever be a Now! album worth buying, but here I stand corrected.
Now That’s What I Call Music, the iconic compilation albums that have been around since God knows when (seriously, what number are they on? Now 376?) has teamed up with Universal Music Group Nashville and Sony Nashville to create the ultimate compilation of outlaw country music.
With some of the greatest boot stompin’ and badass songs the country music world has ever seen, Now That’s What I Call Music Outlaw Country delivers an 18-song compilation album featuring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and more.
With modern-day outlaws like Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert, as well as pioneers of the genre, the tracklist is about as good as it gets (for a Now! album, at least).
1. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
2. Jamey Johnson- High Cost Of Living
3. Steve Earle- Copperhead Road
4. Miranda Lambert- Kerosene
5. Travis Tritt- T-R-O-U-B-L-E
6. Billy Joe Shaver- I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train
7. Johnny Cash- Folsom Prison Blues (Live)
8. The Charlie Daniels Band- The Devil Went Down To Georgia
9. Johnny Paycheck- Take This Job and Shove It
10. Waylon Jennings- Ladies Love Outlaws
11. Kris Kristofferson- Help Me Make It Through The Night
12. Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson- Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
13. Tanya Tucker- Texas (When I Die)
14. Emmylou Harris- Bluebird Wine
15. Jerry Jeff Walker- Up Against The Wall, Redneck (Live)
16. David Allan Coe- The Ride
17. Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson- Pancho & Lefty
18. Guy Clark- Desperados Waiting For A Train
I mean, COME ON.
If that playlist doesn’t have your blood pumping a little, you might need to go get your pulse checked. I mean it starts off with Chris Stapleton, and progressively gets better and better. The album is available HERE, and vinyl purchases will be available on April 16th.
And just in case you were looking to get in a good outlaw country mood, checkout Johnny Cash playing Folsom River Blues live from San Quentin Prison back in 1969: