Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver shares live songs and discusses his songwriting career during a 2014 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with the Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest.
Recalling his arrival in Nashville and being grouped into the Outlaw country movement, Shaver says he and his contemporaries were more like outcasts, and compares that movement—and the feeling of being on the fringe—to what’s currently collected under the Americana label. Shaver also shares thoughts on his country music legacy, and his 2014 album, “Long in the Tooth.”
Among the songs Billy Joe Shaver performs live, accompanied by Jeremy Woodall on guitar: “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Old Chunk of Coal,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” and “Honky Tonk Heroes” (which Waylon Jennings first recorded on his 1973 album of the same name).
Shaver also plays “Long in the Tooth” track “Sunbeam Special,” and the title track of his 2003 album “Try and Try Again.” In honor of his late son and collaborator Eddy Shaver, who died in 2000 from a heroin overdose, Billy Joe Shaver offers an emotional a cappella performance of “Star in My Heart,” a song dedicated to Eddy, and sings “Live Forever,” which was co-written by his son and performed by Robert Duvall in the film “Crazy Heart.”
To close the show, Shaver performs “You Just Can’t Beat Jesus Christ,” a track from his 1987 album “Salt of the Earth.”
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