Billy Joe Shaver
A rough-hewn discovery of Kris Kristofferson in the early 1970s, Billy Joe Shaver was simultaneously the most down-to-earth and the most poetically ambitious of country music's "outlaws." He wrote most of the songs on Waylon Jennings's "Honky Tonk Heroes," which Rolling Stone magazine once called "the greatest country album ever recorded", and ever since then he's been creating powerful, honest music in a gritty but poetic style that's all his own. Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music.
Although he has never been a household name, Shaver's songs became country standards during the ’70s and his reputation among musicians and critics has remained legendary throughout the ensuing decades. 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." www.billyjoeshaver.com
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