Big New Jessi Colter News: Major Outlaw Music Documentary On the Way

Jessi Colter is the executive producer of this six-part, twelve-hour documentary regarding the seminal 1970s Nashville movement that enabled her, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many other original writers to break the “sequins-and-satin” stranglehold of the Good Old Boys Club on Music Row.

Huge news has arrived for the world of music, whether one is fan of a rock, country, pop, blues, or plain ole Irish sea shanties. Singer-songwriter Jessi Colter, whose entirely self-written Capitol albums and 1970s hit singles like I’m Not Lisa, What’s Happened to Blue Eyes, and Storms Never Last sold millions and crossed from pop to country lists and back again, has joined forces with filmmakers Eric Geadelmann and Kelly Magelky to present  They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes And the Rise of Renegade Troubadours , a six-part, twelve-hour documentary about Nashville’s most earth-shattering musical shake-up.

On December 5, the Grammy Museum will host a special preview of the already acclaimed new film series. This event will also feature special appearances by Colter (who is executive producer), along with her son Shooter Jennings, Tyler Childers, John R. Miller and Abby Hamilton. Narrator Jack Ingram will be on hand for round table discussions about the major event.

Produced in conjunction with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the landmark documentary has been more than ten years in the making. In addition to legends like Colter, her late husband Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, iconic figures like Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Daniels, and dozens of others will figure prominently. Contemporary mavericks like Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Tyler Childers, Randy Rogers, Lee Ann Womack, John R. Miller, Jamey Johnson, and more will showcase their gifts and appreciation for the small cadre of singer-songwriters who paved the way for such a culturally powerful shift toward musical independence and major industry success.

Watch the trailer above for this upcoming tour de force and get your cowboy boots on: this account, as told by those who created and “lived” the explosive movement, promises to set the 1970s “outlaw” musical watershed in high-resolution perspective for posterity. Not to be missed!

Above: The inimitable Jessi Colter, executive producer of They Called Us Outlaws


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