Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Live at Billy Bob's Texas

by Billy Joe Shaver
     
 

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When it comes to the vast majority of recording artists, the answer to the question, "how many officially released live albums do I really need," carries a simple answer: zero to one. In Billy Joe Shaver's case, the question doesn't even apply. Really, just ask any fan. Though far from a household name, Shaver is revered internationally for a catalog of

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When it comes to the vast majority of recording artists, the answer to the question, "how many officially released live albums do I really need," carries a simple answer: zero to one. In Billy Joe Shaver's case, the question doesn't even apply. Really, just ask any fan. Though far from a household name, Shaver is revered internationally for a catalog of songs that has been covered by an astonishing array of other artists, from rockers to country artists to jazz musicians and soul singers, though none of the cover versions of his songs do justice to his own live performances. Each Shaver performance is different, for almost inexplicable reasons. Whether playing alone or with a band, the combination of hard-earned humility, world weariness, spirituality, genuine compassion, rebelliousness, honesty, and a refusal to despair no matter the tragedy, pours forth from when he takes the stage and begins to sing. Live at Billy Bob's Texas, is a CD/DVD package recorded and taped at the Forth Worth venue (the world's largest honky tonk) on September 17, 2011. It features virtually all of his classic songs and a pair of new ones. Backed by lead guitarist Jeremy Lynn Woodall, bassist Matt Davis, and drummer Jason McKenzie, Shaver takes fans through a solid, often chilling set of stellar performances that run the gamut of Texas country, hard rocking honky tonk, and folk. For a man in his early seventies, he is in excellent voice. Check the effortless slide through his range on "Honky Tonk Heroes," the disciplined plaintive restraint in "Old Five and Dimers Like Me," and the command of authority that gospel demands in "Live Forever." But nowhere is Shaver's voice more effective than in one of the new songs, the a cappella "Star in My Heart," that is so tender it actually hurts. The other new track here, "Wacko from Waco," is a humorous account of his then-recent legal troubles that features a Johnny Cash-esque vamp. The video looks excellent and is worth seeing more than once, simply for the kind of awe and devotion the man inspires in his audience, as much as for the riveting performance. Billy Joe Shaver is one of a kind, and this set proves it; it makes an excellent introduction for anyone not familiar with his singular talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Smith Music Group
UPC:
0662582506624
catalogNumber:
5066

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joe Shaver   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jason McKenzie   Drums
Jeremy Lynn Woodall   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Davis   Bass

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Eddy Shaver   Composer
Bob Wright   Producer,Engineer
Carl Baldwin   Operation
Billy Minick   Executive Producer
Matt Tompkins   Monitor Engineer
Rhonda Kennedy   Lighting Director
Betsy Baird   Graphic Design
Pam Minick   Liner Notes
Derek Cooper   Stage Crew
Ricky Smith   Executive Producer
Joe Newberry   Stage Crew
John H. Reynolds   Director,Producer,Camera Operator
Logan Bosemer   Booking
Wade Reaves   Camera Operator
Chad E. Miller   Camera Operator
James Salaz   Stage Crew
Forrest Dean   Operation
Don McRay   Operation
Roman Flute   Graphic Design
Robert Gallagher   Director
Nathan Henslee   Stage Crew
Michael Penn Smith   Operation

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