The Earth Rolls On

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All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
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: 4/10/2001
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396602520
  • Catalog Number: 6025
  • Sales rank: 12,981

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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