Updated: Sep 15

Simen Følstad Nilsen is considered one of Norway's most versatile and inventive younger guitarists.

For the past ten years he has toured all over the world and released records (so far four albums) with the duo Aiming for Enrike, together with drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen. Aiming for Enrike plays a variant of math-rock with a large element of guitar technology and loops.

Alongside Aiming for Enrike, Følstad Nilsen now also plays steel guitar with the new country band Embla and The Karidotters, fronted by Embla Karidotter. Embla and the Karidotter's album debut in the summer of 2022 with I am Embla. Frontwoman Enbla was previously the drummer in the girl punk band Razika

Følstad Nilsen also occasionally plays with other bands including Acres Wild, Laurits Mosseby Orkester, Akersborg and Sløtface. From 2015 to 2018 he was guitarist with the leading Norwegian punk/rock band Honningbarna.

In 2018, he participated in the premiere of the rock symphony Kuleknappen, composed by the band of Halden guitarist Freddy Holm's band, The Salmon Smokers. The symphony was played on the 300th anniversary of the Swedish king, Karl XII, being shot at Fredriksten Fortress during an attack on Norway in 1718

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Produced by Waylon Jennings' widow, Jesse Colter, in association with the Country Music Hall of Fame, the production of They called us Outlaws has taken place over a ten-year period.

Under the direction of Eric Geadelmann and his Shadowbrook studios, the series will feature Texas country artist Jack Ingram as narrator.

Over 75 interviews have been done with key figures such as Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver and Tom T. Hall. The producers have also spoken to singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson and Texas actor Matthew McConaughey. Legendary Emmylou Harris is also featured, along with newer artists influenced by outlaw country, such as Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Margo Price.

The Outlaw Movement

The "Outlaw movement" in country music was fronted in the 1970s by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. They didn't conform to Nashville's tight confines of appearance, and the two musicians grew their hair and beards, often performing in jeans and t-shirts.

A key aspect of outlaw country was that the artists took greater control over their musical expressions. The music industry in Nashville had steel control over all stages of a record production, from the selection of material to the selection of musicians, which studies were used and who produced.

The artists connected to the Outlaw movement often chose to rely more on their own material and own touring musicians.

The album Wanted! The Outlaws, released in 1976, became the commercially defining release. This compilation album featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and

Tompall Glaser was the first country album to sell over a million copies.

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Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgan (The Kid stays in the Picture, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) has gained access to over five million items, unique drawings, photos, films, music recordings and notes, from the David Bowie Estate.

The result – the spectacular documentary Moonage Daydream, which premieres around the world this Friday, September 16.

Morgan, who is known for plowing deep into his films, takes a personal approach in a style described as "Bowie-esque" in spirit. He has spent four years putting the film together, then spending a year and a half creating the right soundscape, getting animations in place and ensuring that the colors in the film reflect the object.

Moonage Daydream was part of the "Official selection" during this year's Cannes film festival and has received rave reviews throughout. Vouge believes that Moonage Daydream is one of the best movies about an artist ever. The English Guardian calls the film "glorious".

All told, David Bowie released 26 studio albums. He died on 10 September 2016, two days after the album Blackstar was released. He lived to be 69 years old and left behind a groundbreaking musical legacy that helped revolutionize rock music from the 1970s onwards.

Photo Credit Adam Bielawski

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