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The Outlaws, ‘It’s About Pride’ – Album Review

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If there’s one thing the Outlaws know when it comes to their music, it’s exactly what their fans have come to expect. With over 40 years of being one of Southern Rock’s most beloved and respected bands under their belts, the group has defined and refined their sound with great ease.

With the release of their 12th studio album, ‘It’s About Pride’ (in stores Sept. 25), the band — Henry Paul (lead vocals/guitar), Monte Yoho (drums/percussion), Dave Robbins (keyboard/vocals), Billy Crain (lead guitar/vocals), Chris Anderson (guitar/vocals) and Randy Threet (bass/vocals) — capture the essence of their sound and style with 12 new tunes that were four years in the making.

Among the many highlights on ‘It’s About Pride’ is the powerfully driven title track which Paul and Crain wrote. The song serves as both a tribute and a testimony from a band that has lived it all, played it all and has now returned to reclaim it all. Meanwhile, another definite gem on the album is the track ‘Last Ghost Town.’ Paul’s haunting vocals on the track sound better than ever and remind us of why his voice is a one-of-a-kind.

The disc’s closing track, ‘So Long,’ is a re-recording of Paul’s 1979 fan-favorite, which he first released on the debut Henry Paul Band album. If this one wasn’t considered a classic at that point in time, it definitely can be put down as one now, even after just one listen.

Paul shares lead vocals on several of the album’s tracks, including ‘Alex’s Song,’ ‘Trail of Tears’ and ‘Born to be Bad,’ giving a unique flare to the album that keeps the listener entertained throughout the musical journey. The Outlaws go above and beyond in delivering their diverse content.

“I want people to hear this album and see our show and realize that the Outlaws are back,” says the band’s Henry Paul. “Our goal is to unite the fans and bring the band back into the light. In a way, this is like a second chance at my first love. It’s about finishing what we started.”

Watch the Outlaws Behind-the-Scenes Trailer From the Making of ‘It’s About Pride’

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