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Outlaw country music on the radio

Outlaw country is a subgenre of country music that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a response to the more polished, commercial sound of mainstream country. The term "outlaw" referred to the genre's rejection of Nashville's strict rules and conventions, and its embrace of a more raw, rebellious sound.

Some of the most popular artists associated with outlaw country include Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. These artists eschewed the polished production values and formulaic songwriting of their Nashville peers, opting instead for a grittier, more authentic sound that drew from blues, rock, and folk influences.

Today, outlaw country continues to thrive, with artists like Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton carrying on the tradition of rebellious, roots-based country music.

There are several radio stations that specialize in outlaw country, including Outlaw Country on SiriusXM and The Outlaw on iHeartRadio. These stations feature a mix of classic and contemporary outlaw country artists, as well as other roots-based genres like Americana and alt-country.