Last year, Abilene-based music festival Outlaws & Legends leveled up in relevancy by bringing in country music mainstays Merle Haggard and Randy Rogers Band (one more than the other obviously) as the festival’s headliners with plenty of supporting bands to make it well worth a weekend. More amazing is the fact that the festival isn’t even five years in the making.
More than anything, O&L’s story is Field of Dreamsesque. “If you build it, they will come.”
The fear for any music festival is to level off or take a step back. While the festival is still nearly a month away (March 28-30), it’s safe to say that they’re not leveling off in the talent and lineup department. 2014’s O&L’s festival will be headlined by two genuine music legends: Leon Russell and Robert Earl Keen.
Leon Russell. Let that sink in for a minute.
[Letting that sink in for you…]
Leon Russell and Robert Earl Keen is more than enough incentive to purchase a pass for the weekend. Add Cooder Graw, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mike McClure, Billy Joe Shaver, Gary P. Nunn, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Mark Powell & Lariat, Damn Quails, Cody Jinks, Jerrod Medula, Clay McClinton, (a trio of current Lubbock bands) Hogg Maulies, Dix Hat Band, and No Dry County, and a host of others and it’s a no brainer. Check out the official full lineup with times here.
It has all the makings for not just a good weekend of music, but for another legitimate music festival west of Austin and/or Dallas and east of El Paso and/or Big Bend’s Viva Big Bend. It’s a nice counterpoint to Stephenville’s Larry Joe Taylor Festival. [On a side note: Lubbock get your shit together and do something similar.]