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Curtis Lyn Cook Honors His All-Time Country Heroes With New Video For “Outlaws”

Longtime Missouri
Fan Favorite
Curtis Lyn Cook
Honors
His All-Time
Country Heroes
With New Video
For “Outlaws”

By Phil Sweetland
Music & Radio contributor, The
New York Times
NASHVILLE – Last summer, Curtis
Lyn Cook lit up request lines and country radio airwaves all over his
home state of Missouri.
This year, CLC’s video for
“Outlaws,” the radio-friendly anthem he wrote to honor his own
role models from Hank Williams to Keith Whitley and Waylon Jennings,
has quickly generated nearly 30,000 YouTube views and is ready to be
presented to Country Music Television, Great American Country, and
RFD-TV to reach millions of country fans.
Here’s a hellraisin’ Outlaw
country song I wrote back in ’07,” Curtis tells his fans, many of
whom have followed his remarkable career as a singer and songwriter
since he was one of St. Louis’s most popular nightclub performers
in the early 1990s.
It’s simply a song reflecting
some of my heroes in music,” CLC continues. “The Outlaw Movement,
with Waylon, Willie, David Allan Coe, Boecphus, Paycheck, and other
great artists gave us all the music that we strive to keep alive.
That music to me is timeless, it never gets old. Keep it alive by
spreading `Outlaws,’ and thanks for listening.”
Over 29,000 folks already have
watched “Outlaws,” which was co-produced by CLC’s publishing
and songwriting partner Captain Joe Kent of Boat Trash Music.
The song is constantly requested at
Curt’s shows, and the new video has the unique ability to be
totally current while at the same time stepping back through 75 years
of country history, both musically and visually.
But what about today’s Top 40
country artists?
I’m not crazy about the
direction new country is going. I grew up a Merle and Waylon fan,”
CLC says in a phone conversation from his aptly named country
hometown of Festus, Missouri.
Countless country fans from coast to
coast couldn’t agree more.
In the “Outlaws” video, as CLC
looks fondly over album covers from Waylon, George Jones, Keith
Whitley, and others, fans will notice a guitar lick that might sound
like one of Waylon’s, a vocal riff reminiscent of Hank Williams,
and a sentiment that Jones mentioned in both the record and video for
his 1985 classic “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.”
Other artists who have attempted to
sing about earlier icons have almost disappeared into their own
videos, but one of the beauties of “Outlaws” is that from the
very opening frame, this one is a Cook video all the way. From the
signature black cowboy hat to the setting in the Missouri countryside
he loves so well, some of the most gorgeous farmland in the USA, the
voice and persona of Curtis Lyn Cook shine through every second and
every note.
Captain Joe Kent and Curtis Lyn Cook
have brought a much-needed breath of fresh air and a jolt of creative
energy to Music Row and country radio. With “Outlaws,” this
dynamic duo is poised to do the same for country’s prime TV
outlets.

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