As with most genres of music, there are sub-genres to go with them. When someone says they listen to country music, the general population assumes they mean modern country music, such as Blake Shelton or Tim McGraw, but there are more genres of country than the “Pop Country” of today. The sub-genre that holds the most cowboy and country aspects is Outlaw country. Artist like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash fall under this genre.

Waylon started off as a bassist in the early rock band “The Crickets” with the lead singer, Buddy Holly out of Texas. After a tour went tragically wrong, ending in a plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and other big name musicians of early rock, Waylon went back to Texas and became an outlaw singer. He became a pioneer in this growing sub-genre.
Waylon refused to play for the countries genres Pop Country demands and kept the roots of his music to honky tonk sounds of outlaw country. This resulted in most of the outlaw genre moving away from Nashville, “outlawing” it, and kept it safe from the Pop Country aspects of today.
Waylon played with many artists here and there, but most noticeably was his party in the super group called The Highwaymen. The group was made of Outlaw singers Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Their most notable song together is “The Highwaymen” but they covered many of their own songs.