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RIP Billy Joe Shaver.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Jakedog, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Fireball519

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    I met him at a gig back in like 2011. I'll never forget the only words he ever spoke to me. As he took a drag off his cigarette, after I told him what a huge fan I was, he said "I'm getting too old for this s***"
     
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    Shaver !

    I loved ‘em both.

    I’m sure somebody else has said it but now theyre reunited . Put your ear to the sky Tonight you may hear lump of coal or Georgia on a fast train ...
     
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    I'd heard the name but didn't know any more about him; country isn't a massively popular genre in the UK. I checked him on Wiki - seems he had quite a chequered life and kudos for overcoming the loss of two right-hand fingers. Eighty-one's not a bad run for musicians.
     
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    They don’t make em like Billy Joe anymore. His songs were his life, he breathed the lyrics, he tasted the melodies, he lived the rhythm. He was a real original.
     
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    I went to see him at Dan Electros in Houston in 2002 shortly after Waylon passed. We waited in line forever only to be told when we reached the door it was sold out. We went around back to the outdoor section and he was art the merch table. We waited in line to get a signed poster and after he signed mine he said God bless you. I said God bless you Billy Joe...and God bless Waylon. He startled me when he jumped up and yelled to everyone God Bless Waylon!
     
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    What a treasure we've lost!!
     
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    Ride Me Down Easy is one of my all time favorite songs.
     
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    I remember reading the story about him, in 2007 when he was 68 or so, confronting a guy that he said was "Such a bully" in a parking lot, and asking him, "where do you want it?" And, "Tell me you're sorry." When the guy supposedly apologized, he said, "Well, if you had said that inside, there would have been no problem.'"

    I really got a good laugh out of that.
     
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    How did Billy Joe lose his finger?
     
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    two fingers-sawmill accident

    I learned about it when i shook his hand
     
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    moi aussi
     
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    He was the real thing, unlike many other equally famous, but not nearly as prolific songwriters.
    I only saw him once, and never met him.
    He looked truly happy to be there, at Jo’s on S. Congress, circa 2005.
    I’ll never forget his face, or guitar playing hand.
    Apparently he was missing a couple of fingers off his picking hand.
    His right hand looked like the Univ. Of Texas “Hook Em’ Horns” hand sign.
    He had a way of flailing his right hand when he played.
    My late friend Danny Thorpe was an early member of his band Shaver.
    DT thought the world of Billy Joe, and his late son Eddie.
    I love so many of Mr. Shaver’s song.
    He left us all richer.
    RIP, and thank you, sir.
     
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    "The devil made me do it the first time.

    The second time I done it on my own."

     
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    Rip Billy Joe, now you can be with your son again. I had the pleasure of doing sound for him a couple times and he was very kind. Great songwriter and performer!

    This has been a hell of a month for the country legends; we lost Johnny Bush, then Jerry Jeff, now Billy Joe. May God bless them and be with their friends and families
     
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    Oh No!!

    Man, what a talented guy. He will be missed.

    I always thought the best Waylon material was when he was doing Billy Joe Shaver songs.

    RIP
     
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    When I heard Honky Tonk Heroes, I heard the music I was looking for my whole life. Rest in Peace.
     
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    Damn, damn, damn.

    Rest in glory, Billy Joe. I'm happy knowing you're probably back on stage up there with Eddy.
     
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    Dang. I liked him, saw him on a couple Imus interviews. RIP
     
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    1D0C679C-7602-4B34-81FB-245A10785822.jpeg He was a staple of the music we listened to since I was a young kid (I mean three-years-old young); not only listening to other artists who covered him (Waylon, Jon Anderson, Johnny Cash, et al), but his own recordings, too...

    I rediscovered him in the early 90’s, and I really dug all the Shaver recordings...two of my bands (one that plays bluesy Texas Roadhouse Music and the other C&W/Honky Tonk stuff) do “Georgia on a Fast Train” when we have a hotshot guitarist to back me up (I play an extended harp solo on it—just long enough that people don’t get tired of it)...that one requires a fiery, fleet-fingered rocker on guitar—and that ain’t me.

    I do “Black Rose” and “Live Forever” both with my band(s) and on solo acoustic performers.

    This one really hits harder than all the other recent deaths; he really “brought it” on dang near everything I’ve ever heard.

    RIP, Sir.
     
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