Nashville has long been the center of the Country Music business, but in the 1960s and 70s the balance of power moved out West.
Buck Owens and Merle Haggard pioneered the “Bakersfield Sound” in California, while Texans Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings left Nashville to pursue a folk infused sound and Rock n’ Roll lifestyle in their home state. Johnny Cash revived his career by recording a live album in Folsom Prison and embracing counterculture. Country Music would never be the same.
Under The Influence shows how Outlaw Country reinvented an American art form and changed the worlds of fashion, pop music, politics, and of course Nashville’s Music Row.
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