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.