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All-star concert produced by Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb celebrated the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new exhibit

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell's performance of "Pancho and Lefty" was among the highlights of the 'Outlaws and Armadillos' kickoff concert in Nashville.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville celebrated the opening of its immersive Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s exhibit with an all-star concert in the building’s CMA Theater on Friday night.

Co-produced by Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb, the show boasted a once-in-a-lifetime backing band that included Charlie Worsham, Jason Isbell, Chris Shiflett, Amanda Shires, pedal steel vet Robby Turner, and Jennings and Cobb on piano and guitar, respectively. That lineup would have been more than enough, but the concert also featured some of the Outlaw movement’s key figures, like Bobby Bare, Joe Ely and Jessi Colter, along with contemporary stars offering interpretations of Outlaw staples.

Rolling Stone Country captured the concert, which was recorded to air at a later date on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel, in this exclusive gallery. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit runs through February 2021. (Photos by Jordan O’Donnell)

amanda shires

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Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires offered fiddle accompaniment throughout the night, before performing an a cappella version of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Star in My Heart.”

Jason Isbell

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Jason Isbell

Along with playing guitar in the house band, Jason Isbell performed a stunning version of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty.”

Jack Ingram

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Jack Ingram

The spirit of Guy Clark loomed large over the concert, with Texas hero Jack Ingram offering a heartfelt version of Clark’s “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train.”

Elizabeth Cook, Shooter Jennings

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Elizabeth Cook and Shooter Jennings

Elizabeth Cook and Shooter Jennings, who both host shows on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel, sang along with Jennings’ mother Jessi Colter in the finale.

Robby Turner

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Robby Turner

Pedal steel great Robby Turner, who performed with Waylon Jennings, the Highwaymen and Chris Stapleton throughout his storied career, was a member of the house band.

Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

The wonderfully eccentric Ray Wylie Hubbard sang his rowdy anthem “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother,” after regaling the crowd with a tale of buying beer in a redneck bar.

Jason Boland

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Jason Boland

Red Dirt singer-songwriter Jason Boland, who leads his band the Stragglers, received a rousing ovation from the audience.

Dave Cobb

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Dave Cobb

Producer Dave Cobb was the night’s co-producer, alongside Shooter Jennings, whose upcoming album Shooter Cobb produced.

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Tanya Tucker and Jessi Colter

Tanya Tucker, who performed “Will You Lay With Me in a Field of Stone,” written by David Allan Coe, sidled up next to Jessi Colter for a show-closing “Why You Been Gone So Long.”

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