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Tompall Glaser
Tompall Glaser
Outlaws, by definition, operate outside the system. By that criteria, there was no greater outlaw in country music during the '70s than Tompall Glaser, a running partner of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson who never quite managed to play the game and become a star, or even have that many hits despite being showcased on the era-defining 1976 compilation Wanted! The Outlaws, and despite chasing after outlaw cash whenever the opportunity arrived. Such contradictions were inherent within Tompall Glaser, whose attitude was quintessentially outlaw -- tales of feuds and fallouts ran rife in his career -- but he would try to bend his music to fit the times, all in hopes of scoring that one elusive hit single. Hits are only one yardstick of impact and it's undeniable that Tompall was a major player, both as a member of the Glaser Brothers and as a solo act in the '60s and '70s, providing a musical template -- and with his Hillbilly Central studio, a place for outlaws to record just outside of the mainstream of Nashville, an opportunity Waylon seized for the game-changing Honky Tonk Heroes -- and the ornery temperament that forever became known as outlaw country.
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