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Chapter 74: I'll Live Yesterdays

Outlaw country

Some of the legends of outlaw country did real jail time, but the term comes not from literal criminality but from breaking musical norms, a rebellion against the mainstream country of the era (grunge would play a similar role in the 90s). The stripped-down sound signifies something real, but it also allowed singers like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard to get weird, their eccentricities clear and unvarnished. You better make it to the end and listen to the live acoustic version of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty,” a genuinely perfect song.
1. Willie Nelson

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

2. Merle Haggard

Mama Tried

3. Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash


4. Wanda Jackson

Fujiyama Mama

5. Lee Hazlewood

I'll Live Yesterdays

6. Tammy Wynette


7. Kris Kristofferson

Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

8. Johnny Cash

Folsom Prison Blues (Live)

9. Tanya Tucker

Lizzie and the Rainman

10. Townes Van Zandt

Pancho and Lefty (Live)