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The Outlaws Band and The Legend of Hughie Thomasson

If you are looking for information on the rock and roll band “the Outlaws”, we regret to inform you that Hughie Thomasson sadly passed away in 2007.

Hughie founded the Outlaws and held the band together from 1967-1995. After a stint playing lead guitar for Lynyrd Skynyrd, he resurrected the band in 2005.

The story of the Outlaws is the legacy of Hughie Thomasson. He was the heart of the band. He wrote, sang lead, and played lead guitar on all of their most popular songs, including their flagship song:

“Green Grass and High Tides”

To honor his legacy, we are proud to announce that previously unreleased recordings are going to be made available to the public through this website and other retailers. Hughie’s legend will always live on.

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21 thoughts on “The Outlaws Home

  1. Always have loved the “Florida Guitar Army” The Outlaws since 1975 when my friend Jimmy played their first album, shows in Central Park – Madison Square Garden – to the Meadowland Stadium, Capitol Theater New Jersey, The Bottom Line” in Manhattan, The Medina Ballroom in Minnesota to the reunion tour in 2005 in St Pete Florida. And many other venues. Always enjoyed the beginning of their shows when they would come on stage to the “Lone Ranger” theme song Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needs to wake up and put the guitar army in!

  2. The Outlaws are one of the greatest bands ever, and Hughie Thomasson was incredible. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing them in concert at The Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in February, 1979. Molly Hatchet opened for The Outlaws. It was my first concert, and I’ll never forget it. I still have the ticket stub. After the show, we stepped outside to a blizzard, and a foot of snow. Terrific evening.Excellent show.

    Long Island has changed since then — there ain’t a heck of a lot of southern rock fans there any longer — but, every time I’m feeling down, I put on The Outlaws, and they immediately cheer me up. I don’t know why it’s true, but I swear it is. No other band has that effect on me. The Outlaws will always be one of my favorite bands until the day I die. “Song For You” totally cranks. Hughie rules.

  3. Hi, I’m the PD and host of Time Warp Radio on KDHX 88.1
    50,000 watt commercial free in St. Louis. I would love to play and promote the demo’s and live shows from the Outlaws. I’ve always been a fan. Let me know if you can provide the discs or downloads. Thanks, Mark

  4. Miss the days when Hughie would ride into Pittsburgh, Pa., and light this town up. He still has a lot of fans here.love the ” Love the live at the Stanley Theatre 1977″ CD. Thanks.

    • Remembering a show in Pittsburgh around that time, when the guys all lined up across the front of the stage to play ” Green grass and high tides” Still one of my favorite jams.

  5. I normally listen to jazz but I like some of the songs by this great band the Outlaws. I did not know of Mr. Thomasson’s passing until now. May the music live forever. Thank you.

  6. I have to say that “Cant stop loving you” is most likely one of the best country songs ever written, and Hughie left us with great enduring music; from the first outlaws album through the last album, each has something special that is unique to that album. I will always remember something that words cannot convey, when I hear the whistle blow and the sound of the outlaws takes me away! That cold and lonesome feeling gotta go!

  7. and so sad to learn of Hughie’s untimely passing. There were other bands I followed in the day; Skynrd and 38-Special, but none and I mean none, compared to the Florida Guitar Army. The Outlaws put a smile on my face and sent chills down my spine and STILL does to this day. Being a guitar player for years, I would love to know how and where Hughie developed his chops. Phenomenal guitarist and song-writer. I miss him dearly! RIP Mr. Thomasson!

  8. I saw Hughie @ a show in Deansboro, NY when he was playing with Skynyrd. He put on one heck of a show before they ended the night. The energy I got from Hughie’s playing is hard to describe, it felt like he knew what I was feeling. I know it’s impossible for someone like him to even see or feel the presece of a single person out of hundreds in a crowd in a concert.

  9. Saw the Hughie and the Outlaws several times, but my favorite show was late 80s/early 90s in Victorville, Ca in an intimate little club. The band was so tight and Hughie blew my mind. He was a natural.

  10. Saw Hughie a couple times playing with Skynard. Was awesome. Got to see him with the Outlaws at Moondance Jam in Walker, Mn a few years back. Floridas guitar army was in full force that day.

  11. We’ve all experienced things in life that are REAL and have strongly impacted our lives in one way or another. By REAL I mean things that you can hang your hat on, that are tangible and have touched your soul and have left a lasting impression. Falling in love, the birth of a child, a relationship with God, these things are all very REAL. When a friend of mine introduced me to Hughie Thomasson and the Outlaws in 1976, I knew right away that I had found some music that was very REAL. The songwriting was down to earth with no pretense. The beautiful vocal harmonies felt like the warm glow of sunshine warming my face on a sunny afternoon. And the driving, often playful lead guitar work was so tightly interwoven throughout the music. It just blew me away! I was 15 years old then and I was hooked! As the years passed and I grew older, I was happy to take the Outlaws along with me. The songs, the concerts, the memories they are very REAL to me and have become an important part of me. With all the COUNTERFEIT in the world today, I am glad to have experienced the REAL thing! God bless you Hughie and the Outlaws for your passion for life that is reflected in your music that will never pass away. You’ve touched so many people’s lives and made them better in ways that you’ll never know….THANK YOU.

  12. up north in the french province of Qu├ębec,Canada;I am your number 1 fan,long live to the music of the Outlaws,love the Outlaws,R.I.P. Hughie.

  13. I saw the Outlaws in St.Louis, Mo. and it was the best concert I have ever been to….they have always been my favorite band. No one even compares to Hughie on guittar!

  14. Really wish Hughies last songs would get released. This town
    and full circle were so good. You know the rest had to be fantastic. Grew up in st Pete, so I got to hear the boys a lot. Now obviously that doesn’t seem to have been enough. Great band, great people. bc

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