Earth Rolls On

Earth Rolls On

by Billy Joe Shaver
     
 

In the photos that accompany The Earth Rolls On, veteran country-rocker Billy Joe Shaver looks as if he's lived through some hard times, and indeed he has: His son Eddy, a key member of his band Shaver and the lead guitarist on this album, died suddenly on December 31, 2000. The year before, Bill Joe'sSee more details below

Overview

In the photos that accompany The Earth Rolls On, veteran country-rocker Billy Joe Shaver looks as if he's lived through some hard times, and indeed he has: His son Eddy, a key member of his band Shaver and the lead guitarist on this album, died suddenly on December 31, 2000. The year before, Bill Joe's lifelong love, Brenda, died after a lengthy illness. Shaver had divorced her twice over the years -- and married her three times. Experiences like these are reflected throughout this album, which is perhaps the most powerful of Shaver's career. "Hearts a Bustin'" is about Brenda, and so is the moving title cut ("The earth rolls on/Even though you're gone/The earth rolls on, and on, and on...); several of the other tracks, including "You're Too Much for Me" and "Star in My Heart," concern Shaver's reportedly rocky relationship with his son. But don't get the idea that everything here is somber: "Blood Is Thicker Than Water," also about Eddy, will bring a smile, and "Leavin' Amarillo" gets downright silly. Musically, this is fine stuff, thanks to Shaver's singing, Eddy's spirited guitar, and sterling backup from the likes of the E Street Band's Garry Tallent and Wilco's Jay Bennett and Ken Coomer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396602520
catalogNumber:
6025
Rank:
132897

Tracks

  1. Love Is So Sweet  - Billy Joe Shaver
  2. Evergreen Fields  - Billy Joe Shaver
  3. Hard Headed Heart  - Billy Joe Shaver
  4. New York City Girl  - Billy Joe Shaver
  5. Restless Wind  - Billy Joe Shaver
  6. Sail of My Soul  - Billy Joe Shaver
  7. You're Too Much for Me  - Billy Joe Shaver
  8. Blood Is Thicker Than Water  - Billy Joe Shaver
  9. Star in My Heart  - Billy Joe Shaver
  10. It's Not over Till It's Over  - Billy Joe Shaver
  11. Hearts A' Bustin'  - Billy Joe Shaver
  12. Leavin' Amarillo  - Billy Joe Shaver
  13. I Don't Seem to Fit Anywhere  - Billy Joe Shaver
  14. The Earth Rolls On  - Billy Joe Shaver

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joe Shaver   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Tambourine,Mini Moog
Jay Bennett   Hammond Organ,Vox Organ
Ken Coomer   Drums,Tambourine
Doug Lancio   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
James Pennebaker   Fiddle
Kayton Roberts   Steel Guitar
Garry Tallent   Bass
Kenny Vaughan   Acoustic Guitar
Eddy Shaver   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tom Littlefield   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Producer,Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Cameron Strang   Executive Producer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Ray Kennedy   Producer

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