Sam Outlaw On World Cafe : World Cafe Yes, you heard right: Outlaw is this L.A. country singer's mother's maiden name.

Sam Outlaw On World Cafe

Sam Outlaw On World Cafe

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Sam Outlaw.

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Unlikely though it may seem, "Outlaw" is Sam Outlaw's mother's maiden name. As it happens, the L.A. country singer, whose debut album is appropriately called Angeleno, has an improbable story to go with that name.

Outlaw had a life-changing moment when he decided to leave his job as a digital-advertising salesman and pursue music full-time. On today's episode of World Cafe, he describes how hiring drummer Joachim Cooder for demos led to Outlaw having Joachim's father, roots-music legend Ry Cooder, produce his debut.

Set List

I'm Not Jealous

I'm Not Jealous

Who Do You Think You Are

Who Do You Think You Are

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

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