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As the writer of nearly every song on Waylon Jennings' 1973 breakthrough album Honky Tonk Heroes, Billy Joe Shaver was a key architect of Outlaw Country. Yet his great '70s and '80s solo albums didn't rack up many sales. Fortunately, his duo with his budding guitar-hero son Eddy under the name Shaver came along just in time for the movement, and Billy Joe finally began getting his due. The pair's first album, 1993's Tramp on Your Street, found Eddy contributing plenty of blistering licks to his father's deceptively simple tunes full of down-home poetry and hard-won wisdom. While "Georgia on a Fast Train" and "Old Chunk of Coal" are revved-up remakes of tunes from the elder Shaver's solo outings, the rest of the songs showed that the 54-year-old singer/songwriter still had plenty of power in his pen, from the drunkard's desperate plea for redemption "If I Give My Soul" to the randy roadhouse rocker "The Hottest Thing in Town."

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Real Country

This album rocks. I am not a big fan of what is considered country these days. Billy Joe Shaver wrote many songs for Waylon, Willie and others. Live Forever is great. Give this a listen .....soon

One of the best albums I own

Bought this from a listening booth at Tower Records and it became one of my favorite CDs of all time - Great songwriting, singing and musicianship makes this an all time fav


Born: August 16, 1939 in Corsicana, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Billy Joe Shaver never became a household name, but his songs -- including "Good Christian Soldier," "Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me," and "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train" -- became country standards during the '70s and his reputation among musicians and critics didn't diminish in the ensuing decades. One of the best synopses of Shaver's upbringing is his own song "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train." When he sings, "My grandma's old-age pension is the reason that I'm standing here today," he...
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