The Outlaws Bring Sounds of the South to Paramount

The Outlaws Bring Sounds of the South to Paramount

The Outlaws Bring Sounds of the South to Paramount
By Virginia Califano
One of Southern Rock’s most influential acts, The Outlaws have been making music for over 40 years. They will bring their Southern Rock and unmatched musical energy to the Paramount Theater stage on August 12.

The Outlaws formed their own path within the genre of Southern Rock. Original vocalist and guitarist Henry Paul, a Kingston, NY native, moved to Florida at eight years old, immersing himself in Southern culture.

“It wasn’t the surfside Miami beach culture,” Paul told the PCNR. “It was the inland, phosphate mining blue collar worker.”

He spent summers working back on farms in New York. Paul said his upbringing qualified his association with Southern Rock. “The combination of both places served me well.”

In 1969, a 20-year old- Paul made his way up to Greenwich Village in New York City to launch his musical career. “I followed the footsteps of Bob Dylan,” he said. After returning to Tampa in 1971, with plenty of musical experience under his belt, Paul joined The Outlaws in 1972.

On their self-titled debut album, The Outlaws broke onto the Southern Rock scene with iconic tracks including single “There Goes Another Love Song,” and “Green Grass and High Tides,” the epic guitar-laden tune that helped pin the band as “The Florida Guitar Army.”

The Outlaws were one of the later bands that helped popularize Southern Rock, a genre that is complex and hard to qualify, Paul explained.

“The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, and The Outlaws – we were last – that embodies what I knew as Southern Rock,” he said. “They are all completely different with different sounds and musical personalities.” He referred to The Outlaws as “the Country Rock version of Southern Rock.”

He continued, “What we all had in common was an overwhelming performing style…with physical and musical energy.”

Through various lineup changes, The Outlaws remained prolific in album releases through the next several decades. Henry Paul went on to form his own projects: The Henry Paul Band and BlackHawk.

In 2005, Paul and his Outlaws decided to reunite for a 30th anniversary tour, which he said was “a year of a lot of fun.” The members then went back to their respective projects, but after The Outlaws’ original guitarist and vocalist Hughie Thomasson passed away in 2007, Paul decided to bring the band back to keep the music alive.

“Legacy Live,” The Outlaws’ most recent album, contains 20 jam-packed tracks full of ripping guitar solos, intricate vocal harmonies, and the fiery passion of Southern Rock that made The Outlaws famous.

“We never had a string of hits like some of the other bands did,” Paul said. “We were not an AM pop band – we were an FM band, a live band. We made our living out on the road playing, and that’s what we do best. We are what we are.”

The song “It’s About Pride” from the 2012 album of the same name, sums up The Outlaws’ current mission. “We are proud of our Southern history, and to have the good fortune to be included in the big group of bands,” Paul declared.

The Outlaws will hit the Paramount stage at 1008 Brown Street in Peekskill on Saturday, August 12, at 8pm. Tickets are available at

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