Billy Joe Shaver, one of the original country outlaws of the 1970s, has written more than his share of classic tunes. While his own recordings of his songs have never been hits, Shaver has been covered by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers, John Anderson, David Allan Coe, Roy Acuff and many others. Waylon Jennings’ 1973 album, Honky Tonk Heroes (RCA) featured 11 songs written or co-written by Shaver and it’s one of the benchmarks of Outlaw Country.
Shaver’s life is the stuff of legend. His father abandoned his family before he was born in 1939 and he was primarily raised by his grandmother in Corsicana, Texas. A Hank Williams show he attended in the late... Read More