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Here is an NPR Interview on the day of his new album release, Aug. 5.
In a long and storied career, Texas troubadour Billy Joe Shaver has become almost cult-like to his dedicated followers.
Why? Perhaps it is his no-hold-barred appoach to songwriting. Maybe it is the long list of artists who have covered his songs. But most likely it is his irrepressible personality, coupled with his tendency to get into scrapes, that combine to make him seem larger than life. Yet, very down-to-earth.
Some of those artists: Kris Kristofferson ("Good Christian Soldier"),Tom T. Hall ("Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me"), Bare ("Ride Me Down Easy"), and later,the Allman Brothers ("Sweet Mama") and Elvis Presley ("You Asked Me To"). Shaver's real breakthrough, though, came in 1973 when Waylon Jennings recorded an album composed almost entirely of Shaver's songs, Honky Tonk Heroes -- largely considered the first true "outlaw" album.
OPENING for Shaver is the tandem of SoCal songwriters Rick Shea and David Serby with bassist Dave Hall. Between them, the two have made a major splash inthe folk, country and alt-country scene in the LA/OC area with several acclaimed albums apiece. Both have also exceeded their geographic boundaries with some national notoriety, receiving favorable reviews from multiple sources for their original honky tonk and folk writing and performing. Both have recent CD releases to their credit.
For Serby, the surprising, exhilarating two-CD collection David Serby and the Latest Scam comprising 20 new original Serby songs produced by the musician’s longtime collaborator, Ed Tree.
Shea’s latest album, Sweet Bernardine, his ninth, is a collection of Shea’s own stories and of California and beyond. The arrangements are spare and simple, based on acoustic guitar, bass, accordion, mandolin and drums with brushes, but Shea does pull out the telecaster for a few.
All Music Guide lists 23 albums, from 1973’s Old Five & Dimers Like Me through 2007’s Everybody’s Brother. Among his many classic songs are “I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Live Forever,” “Tramp on Your Street,” and “Try and Try Again.”
He recently served as spiritual advisor to Texas independent gubernatorial candidateKinky Friedman and his 2007 album “Everybody’s Brother” was nominated for a GRAMMY. For his efforts, the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.
Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, has often played Billy Joe‘s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me” in concert. Johnny Cash called him “my favorite songwriter.” TheWashington Post noted, “when the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus.”
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