For awhile there, Steve made a string of critically-praised records (Low Highway, Townes, I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive) that weren't really all that fun to listen to. Started to change with the release of blues flavored Terraplane. And "Outlaw" continues that happy trend. For Earle fans who wish he'd make a country album like Exit 0 or Guitar Town again, this is in that vein. Earle deliberately invokes Waylon in the liner notes and invites Willie to guest on the title track.
Results in an impressive addition to Earle's collection of work. Enjoyable listen. Steve's sentimental heart is in the right place. Music is great too. Standout tracks include: This is How It Ends, If Mama Could See Me, Fixin' to Die. Note: There is an expanded version of the record that includes DVD and additional 4 bonus tracks on the cd, including Willie/Waylon covers (Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way)...the extras are for hardcore fans only. Extra songs aren't really memorable and DVD comments didn't add much to my appreciation of the album...so if you want to save a few bucks...seek out the 12-track version of this collection instead.