Billy Jo Shaver

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  1. don71

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    I know nothing about his music or hardly anything about him. I've heard the name.

    I came across him as a guest on Norm Mcdonalds new show on Netflix.

    The man seems to have many stories on counrty music and the outlaw generation, with the likes of Waylon, Willie, Kristofferson and others. He does sing a few (3) short songs with an accompanied guitarist as ( I didn't know) he has practically no fingers on his right hand.

    I wanted to share that with you, as it might interest some.

    I don't even like Norm but he has some interesting guests. Go figure :)
     
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    The earlier honkytonkers notwithstanding, Billie Joe Shaver created the form that is known as outlaw country
     
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    He’s great “live”.
    He is indeed missing most of his right hand fingers.
    He kinda flails the strings with his right hand.
    It kinda looks like a permanent (Univ. of Tx) “Hook Em’ Horns” salute.
    He’s got great “presence”, and has written a bunch of classic tunes.
    Long may he run!
    He shot a guy in the face a few years ago, and got off the charge.
    Willie Nelson was a character witness.
    He reportedly asked the guy he shot “Where do you want it?”
    Only in Texas.
     
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    Love BJS.
    His roots go way back in Texas music. Quite a character too. He is the father of the late Eddy Shaver who was discussed here a couple of weeks ago.
    Check out the video of Shaver, Fast Train to Georgia.
    Eddy just blazes.
    Billy is a very nice guy. I run into him sometimes and has never shot me, just for the record.
     
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    I've learned a lot today about him. I had no idea. I got the feeling he was adamant about his feelings of not being interested in the money which hurt his family. It came across to me he sure doesn't like the Nashville machine either. I think he liked the company..of friends back then, and the song writing was really what he was interested in.

    Again, check out the interview if you're even slightly interested in the guy. Maybe I'm preaching to the choir, I'm certainatly not trying to busk for norm or netflix or anything.
     
  7. E5RSY

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    I love Eddy on this cut that was on the "Rig Rock Deluxe" compilation (great, great record...if you can find a copy).

     
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    Thats friggen great Thanks!
     
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    Ok, I hope my cut and paste link works.
    Eddy is blazing as a chicken picker - I suppose that's what you'd call it
    Billy doesn't necessarily have a traditional country voice but he's got the perfect choice for his own songs.
    "I got a good Christian raisin' and an eighth grade education. Ain't no need in tall a-treatin' me this way".
    And then if course there's 'Live Forever '
    edit because link was something else.
     
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    Mike Judge's "Tales From The Tour Bus" has some great Billy Joe Shaver stories.
     
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    You folks in tdpri land are a great source of info. Thank you for feeding my naivety on BJS...and his son.
     
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    Eddy could take a lot of the HM " shredders " straight to the woodshed.

    Check out his YT clips during his tenure with Dwight Yoakum. He could burn on a Tele.

    What a f**kin waste...

    R.I.P.
     
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    I wanna tell a story here but maybe not really related.
    I suppose there's about a billion Billy Joe stories out there.
     
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    He wrote a song about it called “wacko from Waco”
    https://genius.com/Billy-joe-shaver-wacko-from-waco-lyrics

    I also heard a story about him stabbing a guy outside a bar in San Marcos around 2009/2010...

    Here’s more on honky Tonk heroes... https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=247558080
     
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    Billy Jo is the real deal.
    Saw him in Nashville in 1983 or so, Chunk of Coal, and Thunderbird were hits.
    Eddy playing lead, good show.
    No voice left now, but still great tunes.
     
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    This thread has had me listening to "Honky Tonk Heroes" since yesterday. Had forgotten how mind-bogglingly good it is...even the string-laden non-Shaver last cut Chet Atkins forced him to stick on there.
     
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    Billy Joe Shaver is a Texas treasure.

    As rough as a corn cob and as storied as King Arthur, he is unarguably one of the greatest Outlaws of country music.

    Read the story about his birth, and then listen to the first verse of "Georgia On A Fast Train," And you'll wonder what in his songs is autobiographical and what is just a fanciful turn of the phrase...

    His descent into drugs and drink, and subsequent salvation from them is inspirational.

    The self-destruction of his marriage to Eddie's mama, then his return to her to be her caretaker when she was dying of cancer is more romantic than any chick flick.

    The heartbreaking loss of his son to that demon horse is a Lifetime movie waiting to happen.

    The man able to work a line about a dominiker hen into a song without it sounding stupid!

    A true genius.
     
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    This one's about Billy Joe, Dale Watson wrote it

     
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