Release Date: November 18, 2106
Legendary Southern Rockers, Outlaws, continue their new millennium run with Legacy Live. This double disc of hits and deep cuts was recorded live in 2015 while the band was on the road celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their debut album. These days the band is led by “classic era” members Monte Yoho and Henry Paul and also features former members Steve Grisham and Chris Anderson. The band is rounded out by decade old “newcomers” Dave Robbins and Randy Threet.
There is a lot of ground to cover here as Outlaws straddle the fine line between Southern Rock and Jam band. These guys are no strangers to long, intricate guitar solos, as evidenced by the groovy “Freeborn Man” and the band’s epic Rock and Roll classic “Grey Ghost.” The later clocks in at over eleven minutes and the band are in top form, not noticeably missing a note or a time change anywhere. This is probably the second most epic Southern Rock song ever (just behind “Free Bird”) and the band pull it off magnificently. The guitars weep and scream and cry the blues all throughout as the piano sprinkles itself all around the solid as a rock rhythms.
The band are just getting warmed up on Disc 1. On Disc 2 they rip through songs like the more laid back “South Carolina,” which is part backporch sippin’ and part Boogie Woogie stomp, and the more passionate “Trail of Tears”, which is a storytellers classic in my book, among others. It’s the finale that really brings it all together though. “Green Grass and High Tides” takes awhile to get rollin’ (which is okay since it clocks in at over 13 minutes) but by the time they get a third of the way through the song you just can’t deny how tight this band is…even if you don’t enjoy Southern Rock. Of course, the band’s biggest hit, their cover of the Country Music staple “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” (from 1980) ends the album on a spectacular note and the audience eats up every bit of it.
Come death, come legal battles, come poor sales, come out of fashion years, these Outlaws are still going strong over four decades later and the proof is in the pudding. If you enjoy Blackhawk, Alabama, Poco, Lynyrd, Skynyrd and the like then you need to own Legacy Live. The Outlaws are a band that many thought time would leave behind, but their die-hard fanbase proved otherwise and Legacy Live shows exactly why the fans love them so much.
Reviewed by mark1340