Grand Ole Opry Collection – Outlaws

by Chuck Dauphin

As part of the ongoing Cracker Barrel music series, the restaurant chain has partnered with the Grand Ole Opry to unearth many of the classic performances in their archived history.

This set focuses on many of the artists who did not follow a straight and narrow path musically – ones who did things their own way. The set kicks off with the patriarch of the “Outlaws,” Johnny Cash, giving a rousing performance of his Sun classic “Folsom Prison Blues.” All of Cash’s fellow Highwaymen are here, Willie (“On The Road Again”), Kris (“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”), and Waylon (both on “I’ve Always Been Crazy” as well as a duet with Cash on “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang).”

One of the Opry’s  newer members, Charlie Daniels, takes center stage next with a lively version of “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” as well as his signature tune, 1979’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” Bobby Bare makes an appearance with his classic “Marie Laveau,” and Jerry Lee Lewis – himself an “Outlaw” by anyone’s definition appears on “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” All in all, a reminder that the Opry has been a home for those musical renegades that paint outside of the lines, and will always be!

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