Rebellious local country band, God’s Outlaw

This past week, the new issue of the Bay View Compass came out, and with it is my profile of the hard-pickin’ country band known as God’s Outlaw. These boys play music in the style of Merle Haggard, Box Car Willie, and Johnny Cash. Their music is bawdy and boisterous—outlaw country. No columns of fire or synchronized chicken line dances at their shows. Just genuine country music, with songs about people struggling and tryin’, cussing and surviving. Give them a listen, and you’ll find it hard to reckon you’d heard anything else and called it “country” before.

The article is in every copy of the Compass that is nestled in Milwaukee east-southeast side, and available online over here. (If you read the article online, the first line is, “It all started when a Johnny Cash cassette tape got stuck in Brian Smith’s truck.” So start reading from there.)

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My first contribution to the A&E section will be my last story for the Compass for a while, as I am now running for the county board. Working for this quality paper has been a great experience, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to write and take photos for so many years. Thanks.

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Also, if you like the sort of quality reporting and strong local focus you find in it, please purchase a subscription to the Compass. I know it’s so very easy to read everything online, but the truth is, without our financial support, publications such as the Compass have vanished. Do you want to live in an environment when all information comes pre-digested through opinion mills and spin machines? Or do you want objectivity and fact-based reporting? Unless we — that means you, me, and our friends — subscribe to the Compass, it may very well go under. I don’t want that. You don’t want that either. And the low cost of a subscription is much better in the long and short run than the cost of losing such a quality publication.

So do it. You’ll make more of a difference than you know.

And if you’re a fan of Johnny Cash, check out God’s Outlaw. They’ve got a show coming up on 11 November at Rocco’s VFW Post, 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. That just happens to be Veteran’s Day, so come out and show your appreciation for our soldiers and sailors. Hope to see you there!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.