Shaver's Jewels: The Best of Shaver

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The band Shaver was built on the intersection of two stories, two familial stories, the first being the cult legend of Billy Joe Shaver, a hard-living outlaw Texas country singer and songwriter whose best songs were a fair step past brilliant, and the second being the story of his son Eddy Shaver, a rising Texas guitar slinger who had mentored with Dickey Betts and had already played on albums by Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson and toured as lead guitarist with Dwight Yoakam. The younger Shaver brought an edgy, raw energy to his father's already impressive songs, and together as the band Shaver, they recorded five albums of wonderful Texas outlaw country, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The band Shaver was built on the intersection of two stories, two familial stories, the first being the cult legend of Billy Joe Shaver, a hard-living outlaw Texas country singer and songwriter whose best songs were a fair step past brilliant, and the second being the story of his son Eddy Shaver, a rising Texas guitar slinger who had mentored with Dickey Betts and had already played on albums by Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson and toured as lead guitarist with Dwight Yoakam. The younger Shaver brought an edgy, raw energy to his father's already impressive songs, and together as the band Shaver, they recorded five albums of wonderful Texas outlaw country, beginning with 1993's Tramp on Your Street. This was honky tonk for a modern era, and perhaps a little ahead of its time (or behind, depending on one's point of view). It brought the elder Shaver new and younger fans, though, and the future looked bright when Eddy, hardly a stranger to the hard-living lifestyle that befell his father, died on December 31, 2000 of a heroin overdose, having just scheduled studio time to begin recording his first solo album. This set collects key tracks from the five albums tracked under the name Shaver, and includes the classics "Georgia on a Fast Train" (this re-recorded version immediately became the definitive one when it was released), "Tramp on Your Street," and "My Mother's Name Is Victory," all of which show Billie Joe's autobiographical, spiritual, philosophical, and cowboy-wise songwriting genius, amended by Eddy's sharp, perfectly placed guitar playing. It's modern honky tonk, half in the tradition, half moving forward, with one foot in Saturday night and the other in Sunday morning, and Shaver's legacy forms arguably the last great statement of the original outlaw country movement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396628629
  • Catalog Number: 6286
  • Sales rank: 51,965

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shaver Primary Artist
Billy Joe Shaver Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Ray Kennedy Percussion, Piano, Mini Moog, Guitar (Rickenbacker), Guitar (Tremolo), Hammond B3
Al Kooper Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Keith Christopher Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Bailey Upright Bass
Jay Bennett Hammond B3
Ken Coomer Drums
David Crockett Drums
Brantley Kearns Fiddle, Mandolin
Doug Lancio Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
James Pennebaker Fiddle
Kayton Roberts Steel Guitar
Garry Tallent Bass
Eddy Shaver Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Resonator, Guitar (Tremolo)
Kenny Vaughn Acoustic Guitar
Danny Thorpe Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Tom Littlefield Background Vocals
Jason McKenzie Drums
Siobhan Kennedy Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Producer, Engineer
Kinky Friedman Liner Notes
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
R.S. Field Producer
Eddy Shaver Composer, Producer
Cameron Strang Producer
Paul Moore Art Direction
Randall Jamail Producer
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