In the 1960s and 1970s, the "Outlaw" movement in country music featured artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. The Outlaws came from places like Texas instead of Nashville. They wore their hair longer and shaved less than the typical country music artist of the time.
Since that time, many have tried to use the "Outlaw" label for various artists. Lately, the term has been used to describe Jason Aldean and Eric Church. But, Aldean does not see it that way. He tells ABC News Radio:
“I guess I kinda get stuck with that a little bit sometimes I think just because my music, the way it is, just kinda having that little bit of an aggressive sound. I think people just kind of look at it that way. But I think that’s the case for a lot of guys. I mean, Eric’s the same way. I know Eric. He ain’t an outlaw. He likes to have fun, but he ain’t an outlaw. We’re all just a bunch of partiers. We like to have fun, play music.”
It is clear that Aldean and Church were influenced by the outlaw movement, but at least one of them is shunning the title. Of course even Waylon Jennings released the defiant Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit Has Done Got Out of Hand? referring to the overuse of the "Outlaw" term.