HUNTINGTON, New York, Mar. 19
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
For 48 years, The Outlaws have been making a name for themselves as one of the hardest-hitting southern rock bands in America.
Boasting a new album, and alongside country music group Blackhawk, The Outlaws will bring that hard-hitting sound to The Paramount’s stage on March 26.
Formed in Tampa, Fla. in 1967 by eventual Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Hughie Thomasson, The Outlaws roared onto the scene with two 1975 hits, “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass and High Tides.” The Outlaws are known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies that have led them to become one of southern rock’s defining bands.
Now, sporting a six-man lineup made up of Monte Yoho (drums, percussion), Henry Paul (guitars, vocals), Steve Gisham (guitars, vocals), Chris Anderson (guitars vocals), Dave Robbins (keyboards, backing vocals) and Randy Threet (bass, vocals), the band is touring to promote its latest studio effort, “It’s About Pride,” which released in 2012.
“I want people to hear this album and see our show and realize that The Outlaws are back,” Paul said in a press release. “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.”
Along with The Outlaws, The Paramount will also get a dose of Blackhawk as Paul (lead vocals), Robbins (keyboards) and Threet (bass guitar) also make up the country music group that was founded in 1992. The group’s 1995 album, “Strong Enough,” charted at no. 22 on United States’ charts and went on to become certified gold with lead-single “I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No.”
Years later, Blackhawk released its most recent studio effort, “Brothers of the Southland,” which came in at no. 44 on the U.S. Billboard Country chart alongside a single of the same name.
Together, both groups are set to rock The Paramount next week when the doors open at 7 p.m. and the show kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from the box office or online at http://www.paramountny.com with prices ranging from $20-$45.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015; A9)