Once an Outlaw is the Southern Rock Supergroup featuring Chris Hicks (Marshall Tucker Band), Chris Anderson (formerly The Outlaws), Jeff Howell (formerly of Foghat), A.J. Vallee (The Southern Rock All-Stars), and Chuck Farrell (James Montgomery). These southern rock legends may be “standing on the shoulders of giants”, as Jeff Howell often says, but they are all also giants in their own right.
Chris “Hitman” Hicks, a member of the Outlaws from 1989-1996 when the group disbanded, he then joined The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris is currently the lead guitar player for The Marshall Tucker Band. He has also played with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, and Greg Allman to name just a few.
Chris Anderson, an Outlaw member from 1986-1989 and 2005-2018, has had many successes with bands such as Blackhawk, Grinderswitch, and his own band Rattlebone. Other accolades include writing songs, touring, or playing with The Allman Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bad Company, Hank Williams Jr, and many more.
Jeff Howell, bassist extraordinaire, and former member of the bands Foghat and Savoy Brown was also an Outlaw from 1993-1996. They recorded three cd’s during that time together, including So Low, Hittin The Road Live, and Diablo Canyon.
Hailing from Boston, drummer A.J. Vallee is the go-to drummer and percussionist on many platforms. To date, he has toured regionally and nationally with James Montgomery, The Southern Rock All-Stars (feat members of Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot) Jon Butcher, Carmen and Camille (Billboard, MTV’s The Hills) and boasts song placements on NBC and ABC T.V. with Boston’s own Starr Faithfull.
The one who brought this all together is Chuck Farrell. Chuck, like AJ, is a local New England favorite. He appears regularly with Bruce Marshall, a former member of the Toy Caldwell Band, and together are members of The Shadow Riders and The Blues Project. Chuck and AJ have both been members of The Peacheaters an Allman Brothers Experience, and they can often be seen on stage with the likes of James Montgomery, Barry Goudreau, and Jon Butcher. Some of Chuck Farrells other ventures include musicians Al Hospers, a former member of Blood Sweat and Tears, and Chris Vitarello of the Butch Trucks Band.
Once an Outlaw is a whole lot of talent packed onto one stage. Together they perform hits like “Hurry Sundown”, “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass and High Tides”, and “Can’t You See”.