Billy Joe Shaver

Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live

Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live

This live CD documents Billy Joe Shavers 65th birthday tribute held on August 16, 2004 at the Paramount Theatre inAustin, Texas. It was an all-star affair for the legendary performer and songwriter, with Billy Joe performing four numbers to boot! The CD is enhanced with a bonus video of Todd Snider’s performance of “Waco Moon”. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Compadre. 2005.Fellow songwriters shower their love on Billy Joe Shaver throughout this concert recording from his 65th birthday bash in Austin. Whereas tribute albums typically feature a variety of performers interpreting the honoree’s material, here, many of the Texas troubadours choose to play their own songs influenced by Shaver or ones the rough-hewn renegade specifically requested for the occasion. The birthday boy proves his own best interpreter, opening the album with a hard-charging rendition of “Georgia on a Fast Train” and closing with the raucous resilience of “Try and Try Again” (in which he deals with the death of his wife and his son) and the soulful transcendence of “Tramp on Your Street.” The between-song patter highlights the proceedings, with the respect Shaver receives from peers such as Guy Clark and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (who brings tremulous heartbreak to Shaver’s “Hearts-a-Bustin'”) equaling the awe he elicits from younger troubadours such as Todd Snider and Jack Ingram. As Joe Ely suggests, no one has found “a way of combining the spiritual and the honky-tonk” quite like Billy Joe. –Don McLeese

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Electric Shaver

NEW Combo BLUWAVS CD and FLAC FILEAt first glance the laconic, laid-back country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and his guitar-slingin’, supercharged blues-rocker son Eddy would seem to make an unlikely musical duo. But, like on 1996’s high-powered Tramp on Your Street and 1998’s acoustic and introspective Victory, the Shavers once again manage to meld their seemingly antithetical musical personalities in a manner that’s raw, powerful, and utterly moving. Billy Joe, who wrote or cowrote 11 of the 12 cuts on Electric Shaver, is a sort of footloose, back-street Texas poet-pilgrim whose greatest original songs infuse the stark imagery of sun-baked losers and outlaws with homespun earnestness and spiritual yearning. While at times the elder Shaver tended to be an indifferent, occasionally off-key singer, Eddy has proved the perfect antidote to his dad’s occasional vocal lethargy. On tunes such as the supercharged gospel shout “Try and Try Again,” the Tex-Mex working-man’s lament “Manual Labor,” and even a somber spiritual ode called “Slave at the Feet of the Queen,” Eddy’s searing electric lead work gooses Billy Joe’s vocals to new levels of expressiveness. –Bob Allen

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Storyteller: Live At The Bluebird

Storyteller: Live At The Bluebird

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Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987

Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver: 1973-1987

In many respects, the true measure of an artist is his reputation among peers. Using this metric, Billy Joe Shaver remains one of country music’s greatest assets. Culled from six records (three from the ’70s and three from the ’80s), this retrospective not only salutes the songwriter, but also sheds light on the gruff, effortless singer. Assisted along the way by friends including Dickey Betts, Willie Nelson, and son Eddy, Shaver sings with brutal honesty about love, faith, religion, rambling, fighting, and freedom. Despite the varied subjects, he never seems to contradict himself: He knows that all have a place in real life. More than “outlaw country,” this is “outcast country.” Eddy’s guitar work, which accompanies all of the 1980s work, adds even more punch to his father’s sound. By anyone’s expectations, this would have been the definitive Shaver collection, but who’d have thought that Billy Joe and son would still be pumping out superb records throughout the 1990s? –Marc Greilsamer

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