It’s been a while since I have shot The Outlaws, so I was delighted to be a part of their first annual Freeborn Jam in Nashville last weekend. BlackHawk was there too, but all these shots are from The Outlaws set. A couple guests sat in. Ed King played on three songs, including his very own Sweet Home Alabama. It was certainly a treat to hear Ed play one of the most iconic guitar leads in rock ‘n roll history (which he wrote). And let me tell you, after all these years, he’s still got his chops. He sounded great, and so did the band. While we’re on that subject, for decades I’ve heard fans long to hear The Outlaws with three lead guitarists. Well, Saturday was the night. Billy Crain sat in for the entire set, and there they were, The Outlaws live on stage with three lead guitars. Except when Ed King walked on, and then there were four. What a night. I was truly honored to be there to hear it. Above is a shot of Chris Anderson I captured with a telephoto lens from the side of the stage. He was having such a great time, when he caught my eye he gave me an exuberant look and shout. Scroll down for more pics.
Henry Paul was feeling the heat of a special night.
Ed King and Steve Grisham made up half of the four lead guitar army.
Billy Crain and Chris Anderson made up the other half.
And yes, that’s the very same Les Paul you will find at the top of each page on this blog.
Ed brought his 1959 Strat, the very same guitar he was playing when I took his picture with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974.
Billy brought Tommy Crain’s gold top Les Paul.
Monte Yoho and Dave Robbins were rock solid, as usual.
Randy Threet and Henry Paul IV surround Billy Crain to give me a special welcome back between songs.
Yes, this was actually during the show.