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Happy birthday, Billy Joe Shaver! Celebrate and pick up his new album, “Long in the Tooth”

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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photo: Carol Sidoran

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Happy birthday to Billy Joe Shaver, born August 16, 1939, in Corsicana, Texas.

Pick up a copy of his new album, “Long in the Tooth”

A gift for Billy Joe, and a gift for yourself — Win-Win!

 

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Billy Joe Shaver, Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Missouri (August 12, 2011)

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Dallas Wayne and Billy Joe Shaver
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I took this one at Knuckleheads 8/12/11

Cherie and Billy Joe Shaver

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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My good friend and music lover Cherie Brautigam met up with friends like Sue Ann, at Waterloo Records in Austin yesterday. And she shared this great photo. Billy Joe is promoting his new album, “Long in the Tooth.” Willie Nelson joins Billy Joe for a song on the album, “It’s Hard to be an Outlaw.”

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“Long in the Tooth” is available on vinyl with gatefold jacket and download card. It also includes liner notes by Steve Earle

Pre-order at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/gpgx9k 
or Lightning Rod Records: http://smarturl.it/ek7506

New Billy Joe Shaver Album, “Long in the Tooth” (featuring Willie Nelson)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

New Billy Joe Shaver Album! “Long in the Tooth” (order yours today)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Follow Billy Joe Shaver on facebook.

“Long in the Tooth” is available on vinyl with gatefold jacket and download card. It also includes liner notes by Steve Earle

Pre-order at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/gpgx9k 
or Lightning Rod Records: http://smarturl.it/ek7506

Itunes has a special, too:

Pre-order Long in the Tooth @iTunesMusic and instantly receive “Hard to Be an Outlaw” single feat. Willie Nelson.

http://smarturl.it/BillyJoeShaver

 

Billy Joe Shaver is a wise man

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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Enjoy this, a recording of Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Jennings , singing a Billy Joe Shaver song.

See Billy Joe Shaver in Jackson, MS (6/22/14)

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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Joni Stevens Dunbar designed this cool poster for the Billy Joe Shaver show in Jackson, Mississippi on June 22nd.
“Check out my gig poster that I got to design for Billy Joe Shaver! The Honky Tonk Hero will be here in Jackson on the 22nd of June. Yall come on out and see this outlaw legend! ” — Joni Stevens Dunbar


www.RollingStone.com
By Joseph Hudak

If there are two men qualified to weigh in on what it means to be a country outlaw, they’re Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson. The two Texans have always recorded music — and often lived — outside the lines. In 2007, Shaver shot a man in the face at a Texas bar, and the famously pro-green Nelson has been arrested for possession of marijuana.

The longtime friends and collaborators team up on “Hard to Be an Outlaw,” the lead-off track from Shaver’s first new album in seven years, Long in the Tooth, due August 5th. With lines about “superstars” braying about “back roads they never have been down,” “Hard to Be an Outlaw” takes an unflinching look at the state of country. “It’s not harsh enough, I don’t guess,” says Shaver, who wrote the song and enlisted Nelson to sing his share of the skewering lyrics.

The Red Headed Stranger’s most cutting line suggests today’s country music is “enough to make a renegade want to terrorize the town.” “He and I both feel the same way about that,” says Shaver. Shaver bounced rough ideas for the song off Nelson via cellphone. “We text back and forth, and we figure we’re the only ones over 70 years old that text. I’m sure that’s not right, but I know Kris won’t. Kristofferson won’t do it,” Shaver says.

“I mentioned this title to Willie and he said, ‘Man, you oughta write that.'” Nelson liked the song so much that he also recorded his own version for his upcoming album Band of Brothers, out June 17th. Another Shaver song, “The Git Go,” also appears on both Nelson’s project and Long in the Tooth. But the latter album is the only one that features a rap song.

Long in the Tooth’s title track finds Shaver spitting out words with fury. “I didn’t know it was that easy. I took a crank at it and went crazy and did it,” Shaver boasts of rapping. Shaver hopes the release of Long in the Tooth will remind listeners that great art is still being made by veterans long since struck from radio playlists. “It’s just stupidity,” he says of the lack of attention paid to older artists. “It’s like walking down a hall and seeing a Picasso and saying, ‘Damn, that thing’s old! Let’s throw it out.’ Fortunately, you can’t burn songs. You can burn pictures, but a song will live forever.”

Willie Nelson sings with Billy Joe Shaver on his new album, “Hard to Be an Outlaw”

Friday, May 23rd, 2014


www.RollingStone.com
By Joseph Hudak

If there are two men qualified to weigh in on what it means to be a country outlaw, they’re Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson. The two Texans have always recorded music — and often lived — outside the lines. In 2007, Shaver shot a man in the face at a Texas bar, and the famously pro-green Nelson has been arrested for possession of marijuana.

The longtime friends and collaborators team up on “Hard to Be an Outlaw,” the lead-off track from Shaver’s first new album in seven years, Long in the Tooth, due August 5th. With lines about “superstars” braying about “back roads they never have been down,” “Hard to Be an Outlaw” takes an unflinching look at the state of country. “It’s not harsh enough, I don’t guess,” says Shaver, who wrote the song and enlisted Nelson to sing his share of the skewering lyrics.

The Red Headed Stranger’s most cutting line suggests today’s country music is “enough to make a renegade want to terrorize the town.” “He and I both feel the same way about that,” says Shaver. Shaver bounced rough ideas for the song off Nelson via cellphone. “We text back and forth, and we figure we’re the only ones over 70 years old that text. I’m sure that’s not right, but I know Kris won’t. Kristofferson won’t do it,” Shaver says.

“I mentioned this title to Willie and he said, ‘Man, you oughta write that.'” Nelson liked the song so much that he also recorded his own version for his upcoming album Band of Brothers, out June 17th. Another Shaver song, “The Git Go,” also appears on both Nelson’s project and Long in the Tooth. But the latter album is the only one that features a rap song.

Long in the Tooth’s title track finds Shaver spitting out words with fury. “I didn’t know it was that easy. I took a crank at it and went crazy and did it,” Shaver boasts of rapping. Shaver hopes the release of Long in the Tooth will remind listeners that great art is still being made by veterans long since struck from radio playlists. “It’s just stupidity,” he says of the lack of attention paid to older artists. “It’s like walking down a hall and seeing a Picasso and saying, ‘Damn, that thing’s old! Let’s throw it out.’ Fortunately, you can’t burn songs. You can burn pictures, but a song will live forever.”

Billy Joe Shaver, ‘Willie, the Wandering Gypsy and Me”

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver on Tour

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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See Billy Joe Shaver in concert whenever you get the chance!

10-20-13 801 Media Center Fort Smith AR  
10-30-13 Main Street Crossing Tomball TX  
         
11-2-13 Hank’s Texas Grill McKinney TX  
11-22-13 Artwalk 2013 Alpine TX  
11-30-13 Bastrop Brewhouse Bastrop TX  
         
12-6-13 Riley’s Tavern New Braunfels TX  
         
  2014      
         
1-18 Hughes Recital Hall – Mary Hardin Baylor Belton TX  
         
2-22 Manship Theater Baton Rouge LA  
         
3-28 Back Porch of Texas Abilene TX


Happy Birthday, Billy Joe Shaver (Aug. 16)

Friday, August 16th, 2013

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by: Carol Sidoran

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Happy birthday to Billy Joe Shaver, born August 16, 1939, in Corsicana, Texas.

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Billy Joe Shaver, Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Missouri (August 12, 2011)

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Dallas Wayne and Billy Joe Shaver
www.sirius.com

Support Family Farmers! Save America! Support Farm Aid!
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photo: Janis Tillerson

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I took this one at Knuckleheads 8/12/11

Billy Joe Shaver, “Ragged Ole’ Truck”, (Bastrop Brewhouse, 4/27/13)

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

A bunch of us in Austin for Willie Nelson’s birthday celebration/ West Fire Fighter Fundraiser, went to hear Dallas Wayne and Billy Joe Shaver perform at the Bastrop Brewhouse, in Bastrop, TX. Billy Joe told a long story about writing this song, and then sang it. What an entertainer!

Billy Joe Shaver, Farm Aid 1990, “Georgia on a Fast Train”

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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Billy Joe Shaver and Eddie Shaver, “Willie, the Wandering Gypsy and Me”

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Free Billy Joe Shaver Concert in Houston (March 6, 2013)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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www.stmarks-houston.org

The St. Mark’s  Episcopal Church in Houston invites you to a rare opportunity to hear  one of Texas’ finest musical treasures, Billy Joe Shaver, at a free concert on March 6, 2013.  The concert is part of the Church’s Lenten Concert Series “Songs of Lovin’ and Redemption.”.  Billy Joe will perform at 7:00 p.m. in their newly renovated sanctuary, located at.

” This series is our gift to the city of Houston: We want to share the gift of music with you that is profound and soulful.”

Well, Billy Joe is both.

Other artists in the series will include Sara Hickman on March 13, and Terri Hendrix on …March 20.

Get more information visit their website here.  or email Eric Hungerford at eric.hungerford@stmarks-houston.org

 
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
3816 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, Texas 77025
713.664.3466 |
church@stmarks-houston.org

Billy Joe Shaver in Concert

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

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www.countrycalifornia.com
by C. M. Wilcox

At 73, Billy Joe Shaver is some combination of Pentecostal showman and hard-country poet, a foot-stomping, gesticulating good ol’ boy who’ll devastate you with a knowing turn of phrase as surely as he’ll get you dancing in the aisles to the bawdy, unsubtle “That’s What She Said Last Night.” His secret, Shaver will tell you, is that he writes great songs. That much is hard to argue. “You Asked Me To,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” and “Live Forever” are country classics and live show staples.

The songs are just part of the equation, though. The other part is that the honesty in his songs is the honesty in his person and the spirit he embodies when he takes the stage. Nobody connects with an audience better simply by being a true, unapologetic version of himself than Billy Joe Shaver.

Last Friday night at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA, Shaver took the stage with a Walmart bag full of cold supplies on his arm. Its purpose became clear several songs in, when he complained of a nose that wouldn’t quit running and began searching himself for Kleenex or a handkerchief. No luck in the plastic bag. No luck in his pockets. In search of any solution to his problem, he ultimately settled on blowing his nose right into the coat he’d shed on his way to the mic, to the semi-disgusted amusement of concertgoers.

No, he’s not much for putting on airs. When a kindly woman in the front row presented him with a pack of Kleenex, Shaver took one out and, turning it over slowly in his hand, quipped that it ‘looks so pretty it’s a shame to get it all messed up.’ With his discarded coat still laying at his feet.

He seemed more at ease with the handkerchief offered by another fan later in the show.

Such moments of off-the-cuff charm were plentiful, with Shaver seeming a bit out of sorts but no less dedicated to putting on a great show. Even as he apologized for his condition between songs, his voice and enthusiasm never faltered. Sick or not, he was bursting with spirit and poetry. If his guitarist needs a few spare moments to retune, Shaver will sooner burst into a spontaneous a cappella rendition of “Son of Calvary” than leave the audience hanging. When he’s onstage, he’s on. Period.

Beyond the expected hits and live staples, Shaver made an unlikely showpiece of 1981 album cut “Ragged Old Truck,” which he presented with a hilarious, meandering introduction twice as long as the song itself. The backstory added greatly to the song’s reception, with the line “So before that ol’ heifer drives back in from Waco, you can bet your sweet ass I’ll be gone” getting one of the bigger laughs of the night. That this story and song appear on none of his four live albums suggests that someone should be following him around with a tape rig at all times. He’s got a few more left in him.

Shaver’s band – guitarist Jeremy Woodall, drummer Jason Lynn McKenzie, and bassist Matt Davis – proved a force to be reckoned with, morphing from ripping electric rock band to snappy country-folk ensemble and back again as the songwriter’s wide-ranging material demanded. Woodall soloed tastefully throughout, while McKenzie earned big applause with an inventive drum solo on “When the Word Was Thunderbird.”

By the time they followed “You Can’t Beat Jesus Christ” with “The Road” to end the night, two hours had passed. Shaver was still game to sign stuff at the merchandise table, but he advised folks keep their distance lest they catch his cold. Sure. Undeterred, fans swarmed in for hugs and autographs. How many opportunities do you get to catch a cold from one of America’s greatest living songwriters, anyway?


Live at Billy Bob’s Texas

Incidentally, Shaver appeared with the same band featured on his recent Live at Billy Bob’s CD/DVD set. For those who haven’t seen Shaver in person yet, or have and would like to be able to relive the experience, the set is highly recommended. If the existence of three previous live albums points to the fact that something special – and something especially worth capturing – happens when he takes the stage, Billy Bob’s might be the first to actually capture it. It’s also the only complete Shaver live album recorded this millennium, a period that has seen him rebuilding spiritually and casting himself upon the music more completely than ever. I could do without some of the talking heads between songs (DVD only), but the musical content is about as close as you’ll get to being there in the flesh for a latter-day Shaver show. An important document of an important talent, and one you’ll return to again and again.

Billy Joe Shaver has a new collection of music recorded live at Billy Bob’s Texas, and you can purchase it at Amazon here: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas

Billy Joe kindly posed for a picture with me at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic in Fort Worth: