Sad news this morning. Hughie Thommason, founding member of The Outlaws, died at his home in Florida last night of an apparent heart attack. The Outlaws was the first rock concert I ever attended (1979, Nassau Coliseum, with Molly Hatchet and .38 Special), and regardless of whether or not you were a fan of Southern rock, he was an amazing guitarist. Another warrior has been taken from us...
Saw the Outlaws back in the 70's at a bar in Oregon. They had released the album with Ghost Riders in the Sky, so they were out on the road selling it. They're were a real good, very loud band. Time marches on.
Saw them in the mid '70s at the Electric Ballroom on Peachtree St. ( later to be the Atlanta Agora ).
I was hitchiking around the country and got picked up by the sherrif ( he actually just gave me a ride) and said "now, you want to stay away from Peachtree St. That's where there's all kinds of stuff going on you shouldn't mess with."
I immediately asked him where Peachtree St. was and he pointed at the intersection we were stopped at.
I thanked him and got out of the car and wandered down to the Electric Ballroom and some punter said "You on the road?" I said I was and that I was from Cleveland.
"Well, shoot, man.. you gotta see this band. I'll pay your 2.00 cover."
There's this awesome bootleg from 76 of Skynyrd from Bill Graham's Cow Palace
Hughie and Billy jones come out and play T for Texas with A.C. and Rossington.
hughie tears is up country style. It's insane. Im gonna watch it tonight
Hughie was so good. He was like James Burton on Anadrol. He was so tasty
He always had the right lick at the right time. I met him at the Casino in hampton
when he played with Skynyrd a few years back. Nice guy.
I love his solo in that song Waterhole. So fast and clean. He was like a shredder
in many ways but very melodic and clean.
He along with A.C. and Ace made me wanna play. When I first heard High Tides
I had knew I had to play gtr.
A huge loss to the music world. I always wished he did a cameo on a blackhawk cd. Or did he?