In the mid-70's Waylon Jennings and The Waylors were a pivotal force that knocked Nashville and country music back on their heels with their own way of doing things, standing up for their rights to create their own music, a movement they called Outlaw music. A few years after the passing of Waylon in 2002, his Waylors' band members, Richie Albright, Jerry Bridges, and Fred Newell, formed Waymore's Outlaws to honor Waylon and to keep his music alive. A year later they invited Tommy Townsend to join their Outlaw band on lead guitar and vocals. In the years that followed they recorded three albums, toured the nation, Canada, and Europe with their outlaw spirit playing Waylon's songs and one of theirs now and then. Collectively, The Waylors', Albright, Bridges, and Newell, played on the recordings of Waylon's mega hits such as I Ain't Living Long Like This, Theme Song from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys), Luckenbach Tx (Back To The Basics Of Love) and Rainy Day Woman, as well as countless other hits.
In late 2013 they began a three year touring engagement with Waylon and Jessi's son, Shooter Jennings, opening his shows and backing him on stage. On February 26, 2017, Waymore's Outlaws will once again board Sixthman's Outlaw Country Cruise performing with Shooter, and on this second voyage, with the First Lady of Outlaw Country, Jessi Colter.
Waymore's Outlaws are continuing today what Waylon began in the '70s, doing things their own way. Beginning in March 2017, Waymore's Outlaws will be venturing back out on the road to once again perform full sets on their own bringing a mix of Waylon's music and their own original music to audiences across the globe.
Original Music: Same Ol' Outlaws cd contains 8 original songs recorded in a classic country style that would have made Waylon proud. Lesson In Loneliness, an original song included on their third cd, Keeping The Spirit Alive, was written by Jerry Bridges and Danny Epps.
Waymore's Outlaws is not a tribute band nor a cover band, on stage, they perform a combination of Waylon's signature hit songs and their own original songs in a highly-entertaining 60, 75 or 90-minute set.
Waymore's Outlaws band members -
Richie Albright - Waylon's original drummer, longtime friend and right-hand man joined Waylon and The Waylors in 1964. Richie not only toured and recorded with Waylon but he produced or co-produced many of Waylon's records that are still being played on radio today. The list of other artists that Richie has played and recorded with, and/or produced their records, is a long one, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr, Johnny Rodriguez, Tony Joe White, Goose Creek Symphony, Billy Joe Shaver, and so many more. His pro career spans over 50 years, more than 40 albums, and he's still going strong producing and performing.
Jerry "Jigger" Bridges - Jigger spent 24 years on the road as Waylon's bass player and tour manager. A native of Red Bay, Alabama, Jigger was strongly influenced by the R&B emerging from nearby Muscle Shoals. Following a five-year stint as a staff musician and part of the FAME Gang at FAME Recording Studio, he moved to Nashville and began working with Waylon on the "Dukes of Hazzard" soundtrack. After contributing bass work on the Waylon's Greatest Hits album, Waylon and Richie asked him to join The Waylors on the road. Jigger has twenty gold and platinum certifications as a bassist, produced Waylon's album Turn The Page, and was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1997 for Outstanding Musical Contribution.
Fred Newell - A bona fide veteran of the Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals studio scenes who has recorded with everyone from Alabama to Ray Charles. In addition to being the staff lead guitarist on numerous TV shows including "Nashville Now"-for which he received five ACM Awards- he is respected worldwide for his ability to generate feeling and sounds out of his instruments that many struggle to emulate without success. The first country guitarist to ever receive an endorsement from Marshall Amplifiers, Newell is unique in that he is considered not only a legendary guitarist, but he's also one of the top steel players of all time. Having recorded many albums with Waylon, Fred joined The Waylors touring on pedal steel after the late and legendary Ralph Mooney had retired from the road.
Tommy Townsend - The lead singer of the group, who plays lead and rhythm guitar, Tommy had the rare distinction of being mentored by Waylon. Waylon was a pivotal force in Townsend's life, and the two collaborated several times over the years, with Waylon playing and singing harmony on some tracks and even co-producing a full album on Tommy with Jigger Bridges. Waylon and his band took Tommy under their wings recording in the studio, and occasionally, out for appearances on the road. As a songwriter, Tommy co-wrote three of the songs on the bands cd, Same Ol' Outlaws.