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Live at Billy Bob's Texas

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Smith Music Group
  • UPC: 662582506624
  • Catalog Number: 5066
  • Sales rank: 42,102

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
Phil Barnett Mastering
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 Jr. 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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