The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville follows the wild success of its Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats exhibit with a deep dive into the Outlaw country era. Opening May 25th and running for nearly three years, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s traces the origins of the movement, beginning with Bobby Bare’s game-changing 1973 album Lullabyes, Legends and Lies through the rise of Waylon, Willie and the boys.
A full multimedia experience, the exhibit features essays on little-known but integral figures like college football coach Darrell Roy, new video packages – including a can’t-miss history of the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin – and a cache of memorabilia from Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt and more. Ahead of Outlaws & Armadillos‘ opening to the public, Rolling Stone Country toured the showcase to assemble this list of must-see artifacts. (Photos by Jordan O’Donnell.)