The Outlaws were born to the blue-collar port city of Tampa, Florida in the early 1970's. The band was made up of Hughie Thomasson, Henry Paul, Monte Yoho, and Frank O'Keefe. At Hughie's urging, Billy Jones moved back to Tampa from Boulder, Colorado in1972 to complete the original five-piece lineup.
Joining the likes of Tom Petty and other regional acts at the time, The Outlaws quickly became a favorite of the Tampa college crowd. With the help of newly recruited manager Charlie Brusco, the band set its sights on taking the show on the road. Earning a reputation as a great live band, they lit up the clubs from Macon to Nashville and honky-tonks throughout the southeast.
Following in the footsteps of such great bands as The Allman Brothers and The Eagles, The Outlaws developed their own high-powered, guitar-driven country-rock, complete with exciting self-penned music and stellar three-part harmony.
At Ronnie Van Zant's urging, Lynyrd Skynyrd manager Alan Walden became management partners with Charlie Brusco, and the two men brought label executives to the up-and-coming band's doorstep. Clive Davis signed the band to his newly formed Arista label in the spring of 1975. The Outlaws' debut album rode the momentum of AOR classic "Green Grass and High Tides" to #13 on Billboard's Hot 100. With substantial success in the live concert arena and on the strength of repeated chart-topping records, The Outlaws established themselves as premiere players in the phenomenon that came to be known as Southern Rock.
After decades of triumph, The Outlaws have endured repeated tragedy in the loss of original members Frank O'Keefe, Billy Jones, and most recently signature singer/songwriter/guitarist Hughie Thomasson.
Today, the Outlaws are at the threshold of a new era. Along with original singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Paul and original drummer/songwriter Monte Yoho, the Outlaws feature Chris Anderson, Billy Crain, Randy Threet, and Jon Coleman.