Personalities | Billy Joe Shaver | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1939)

Shaver arrived in Nashville in 1968, sold songs to Kris Kristofferson and Tom T. Hall, and wrote all but one song on Waylon Jennings’ 1973 album Honky Tonk Heroes. That led to Shaver’s own debut later the same year with Old Five And Dimers Like Me. Shaver had his songs recorded by Elvis Presley, The Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Anderson and Asleep At The Wheel, but he didn’t hit his stride as a performer until he formed the band Shaver with his son Eddy Shaver (guitar, 1962–2000) in 1993. Eddy’s rock guitar added a jolt of excitement to the songs but the son left plenty of space for the father’s storytelling; the result was some of the best country-rock of the 1990s.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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