On Thursday afternoon, Gary “Sarge” Sargeant, head of the Tennessee non-profit Outlaws and Icons, announced that a facility has been acquired in Lynchburg, Tenn., that will become the home for the new Outlaw Music Hall of Fame. It is set to open in the spring of 2014. It will be located on the town square in Lynchburg.
The Outlaw Music Hall of Fame will be dedicated to musicians and songwriters whose work, "best exemplifies the qualities of the Outlaw movement that first began in the 1970s and has gained renewed momentum as an alternative to the current Nashville pop country scene." It will educate the public about the music, as well as remember the founders of the genre, while recognizing current artists in the outlaw music genre.
Architect Thomas Bartoo is developing the state-of-the-art layout for the 5,000 square foot facility. It will include interactive displays and a studio for live internet broadcasts.
A special concert series will be hosted each April through November by the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame. It will showcase independent roots country artists. There will also be an Outlaw Music Association to bring together independent artists, songwriters, record executives, and more to promote the music.
The initial Outlaw Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors has been appointed. It consists of Gary Sargeant, Jeremy Tepper (Program Director for SiriusXM's Outlaw Country channel), Thomas Bartoo (designer with Method Architecture in Chattanooga, Tennessee), David Spangenburg (professor of entertainment law), Neil Hamilton (history professor and author of "Outlaws Still At Large"), Terry Jennings (CEO and founder of Korban Music Group), Brian DeBruler (CEO and president of Sol Records), Joe Swank (head of radio promotions and tour press at Bloodshot Records), and Sloane Stewart (the mayor of Lynchburg).