Black Music Matters Festival

Mel Tillis

Your Body is an Outlaw – 2008 (Collector's Choice)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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The reissue is the least satisfying of three out at the same time. Its title is clumsy, at best, and its lyric isn't much better. "Your body is an outlaw/Stealin' from my soul." Tillis is pictured on the back cover aiming a rifle, supposedly to support the album's outlaw image. But despite having "outlaw" in its title, this is not Tillis' attempt to ride the country outlaw movement bandwagon.

Nevertheless, both the title track, which features daughter Pam on harmonies, and "Steppin' Out" were top 10 singles. Of historical note, "Whiskey Chasin'" was written by Buddy Cannon, who would later go on to produce mega hits for Kenny Chesney. There are also two notable covers, "Stay a Little Longer" and "Cherokee Maiden."