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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Celebrates New Exhibit, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s with Concert and Two Weekends of Programs

May 25 Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings co-produce Exhibit Opening Concert Featuring Performances by Bobby Bare, Jason Boland, Jessi Colter, Joe Ely, Jack Ingram, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary P. Nunn, Willis Alan Ramsey, Kimmie Rhodes, Billy Joe Shaver, Amanda Shires and Colter Wall

May 26 Eddie Wilson, Mike Tolleson, Jim Franklin and Gary P. Nunn Participate in a Panel Discussion on the Armadillo World Headquarters

June 2 Kyle Lehning, Marshall Chapman and Kinky Freidman Participate in a Panel Discussion on Tompall Glaser and Hillbilly Central

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, a major exhibition of more than 5,000 square feet, on Friday, May 25, 2018. The exhibition will run through Feb. 14, 2021.

Exploring an era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, Outlaws & Armadillos will feature film content, including exclusive interviews and concert footage, by Austin-based filmmaker and exhibit co-curator, Eric Geadelmann, The exhibit opening will be highlighted by a special concert opening day as well as two weekends packed with programing.

Friday, May, 25 at 8 pm the museum will host a concert showcasing songs and artists highlighted in the exhibition. Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings will co-produce the show featuring special performances by Bobby Bare, Jason Boland, Jessi Colter, Joe Ely, Jack Ingram, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary P. Nunn, Willis Alan Ramsey, Kimmie Rhodes, Billy Joe Shaver, Amanda Shires and Colter Wall. Tickets are $40.95 and include museum admission. The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel, along with additional content recorded in conjunction with the exhibit. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, April 6, and can be purchased here.

Other exhibit opening programs include a panel discussion with filmmakers, Eric Geadelmann and Kelly Magelky as well as Jack Ingram about the upcoming documentary series, They Called Us Outlaws on Friday, May 25. The Armadillo World Headquarters and its impact on the Austin music scene will be examined in a panel discussion with Eddie Wilson, Mike Tolleson, Jim Franklin and Gary P. Nunn on Saturday, May 26. Kyle Lehning, Marshall Chapman and Kinky Freidman will participate in a panel discussing Tompall Glaser and Hillbilly Central on Saturday, June 2.

Upcoming Outlaws & Armadillos Programs

Friday, May 25 1 pm
• Panel: Filmmakers Eric Geadelmann and Kelly Magelky with Narrator Jack Ingram Discuss They Called Us Outlaws, a Forthcoming Documentary Series

Friday, May 25 8 pm
• Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit opening concert co-produced by Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb and presented by SiriusXM Outlaw Country featuring performances by Bobby Bare, Jason Boland, Jessi Colter, Joe Ely, Jack Ingram, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary P. Nunn, Willis Alan Ramsey, Kimmie Rhodes, Billy Joe Shaver, Amanda Shires and Colter Wall. Tickets are $40.95 and include museum admission, and the show will be recorded for broadcast on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, channel 60.

Saturday, May 26 … 11:30 am
• Songwriter Session: Joe Ely
Saturday, May 26 … 2 pm
• Panel: Armadillo World Headquarters: Eddie Wilson, Mike Tolleson, Jim Franklin and Gary P. Nunn with moderator Joe Nick Patoski

Sunday, May 27 … 12 pm
• Musician Spotlight: Bobby Earl Smith with Kimmie Rhodes
Sunday, May 27 … 2 pm
• Film Preview: Selections from the Upcoming Documentary They Called Us Outlaws

Saturday, June 2 … 2 pm
• Panel: Off Music Row and Outside the Box: Marshall Chapman, Kinky Freidman and Kyle Lehning Remember Tompall Glaser and Hillbilly Central

Sunday, June 3 … 10 am
• Film: Heartworn Highways (1976)
Sunday, June 3 … 2 pm
• Interview: Kinky Friedman

Outlaws & Armadillos will be accompanied by educational programs, including live performances, panel discussions and films throughout its run. The schedule will be updated regularly at countrymusichalloffame.org/outlaws. All programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members except as noted. Seating is general admission. Attendees must have a program pass to guarantee admission to the event. Museum members may reserve their program passes in advance by phone (615-416-2050) or via [email protected].

An exhibit companion 2-CD set, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s will be released in partnership with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, on May 18 in Digital and CD, formats. 12″ vinyl of the set will be available at a later date this summer. The set includes 35 tracks and a 32-page booklet detailing the rich history of the era. The set will be available for pre-order starting April 2nd at: https://lnk.to/Outlaws

Also complementing Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s is a colorful, 124-page exhibit companion featuring rare artist photos, documents, artifact photos and original artwork, with vital essays by Joe Nick Patoski and Peter Cooper. The $24.95 publication will be available on May 25th, with pre-ordering available starting April 2nd at [email protected].