1st of all understand what formed Outlaw occurred over a large geographic area Austin to Lukenbach 90 minutes Lukenbach to Flores County story about 90minutes. At one point Dripping Springs was seperate from Austin instead of being part of the same bugly mass of development in its present state. From Armadillo WOrld Headquarters to Gruene Hall, Cheatam STreet Warehouses to Flores General store up to Lukenbach you have a chunk of territory larger than some European Nations! 290 West out of Austin before LBJ presidency was one form. 290 brought Dripping springs closer to Austin and Lukenbach Where George STrait's daughter was killed would be within 2 miles of a line drawn on a map between Cheatam Street Warehouse and Green Hall!
Second you introduce arbitary labels yes their were rivalries but Cheatam STreet Warehouse which is a venue for REK and descendants of the "Outlaw" Scene was also where George Strait got his start! One Denton musicolgist pointed out what George Strait plays is barely removed Bob Wills. Waylon admitted that Bob Wills is still the King (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxHu_71sU1E
) JOhnny Rodriguez started out as Nashville response to the Outlaw scene then later married INTO IT! Johnny is from Sabinal which well pull up a good Texas map draw a line from Lukenbach and draw a line Helotes (Flores General STore)
Third tangent off an earlier point if you look at John Denver's rise in popularity, Gordon Lightfoot, and even the Eagles plum back to CCR you have a reactionary shift in music generally. The degrees of separation between the long version of American Pie and Blue Eyes Crying In the Wind is VASTLY over stated.
To flat out deny any outlaw influence on Six Pence NTR is the deny the basic facts that Leigh and Matt probably heard Wild Fire on 92.1 KNBT, Desperados Waiting For a Train, hundreds of times before the Age of 10! Austin City LImits was a show parents watched and KNBT was was the radio station our parents listened to. We were plum soaked up into it! No Six Pence Is not Played on that radio station....you will probably not hear a bold overt style bond unless you know what to look for.
Sorry I am getting ornery here......on youtube pull up the original Townes Van Zandt Pancho and Lefty, Emmy Lou's version circa 1977 and finally the castrated Willie and Merle Version. Emmy Lou's is probably the best retaining the lions share of the original bite but being just smooth enough to go down! You catch a degree of irony and bitterness. Six Pence NTR "There She Goes" and "There Cover Don't Dream Its Over" it ain't crack you over the head with it aint overt but it is there!
Finally I will argue that surprise surprise Six Pence is a reaction to a reaction. Kiss Me is an escape to a world that well uh.....was long gone. You can pick up pieces of it by eating dinner at the Grist Mill. It is the etherial nature of Wild Fire cranked up 10 fold! In terms of visual artist contemporaries if Leigh and Matt you see this every bit as overtly! http://www.flickr.com/photos/gingerdiaz/
Six Pence is outlaw to outlaws born of outlaws with ton of out law genes it is also rebellion against its outlaw parentage. HOwever if you listen closely you notice some of the parent in the rebellious Nashville child.