Billy Joe Shaver Reviewed On 'Believe Your Ears'

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:31 PM Written by 

This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews Shaver's Jewels, a compilation of classic material by country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, born in Lefty Frizzell's hometown of Corsicana, Texas.  Shaver turned 74 this year.

He also co-starred in the Robert Duvall film The Apostle. You may have heard him sing the theme song to the show Squidbillies on cable's Adult Swim.

Shaver's songs are often better known than he is. He wrote nearly every number on Waylon Jennings' landmark 1973 album Honky Tonk Heroes, among them "Honky Tonk Heroes" "Old Five and Dimers like Me" and "ride Me Down Easy/" He also wrote the autobiographical "I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train" and John Anderson's 80's hit "I'm Just An Old Chunk of Coal."

Play the podcast by clicking here.

These four fiery Shaver performances were part of Willie Nelson's 1994 Farm Aid concert, with son Eddy Shaver on (phenomenal) guitar. Studio versions of all but the first one are on the album.   Eddy died of a drug overdose in 2000. What a waste.

"Good News Blues" If the melody sounds familiar, it's the same one Jimmie Rodgers used on his "Blue Yodels."

 

"I'm Just An Old Chunk of Coal"

 

"You Can't Beat Jesus Christ."

 

"Live Forever."

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