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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns. An underground legend in... more

Billy Joe Shaver: Honky Tonk Heroes (CD)

1-CD with 40-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns.

An underground legend in Nashville, and one of country music's greatest songwriters, Billy Joe Shaver wrote classics like Old Five And Dimers Like Me, Ride Me Down Easy, Honky Tonk Heroes, Slow Rollin' Low, and You Asked Me To, all recorded by Waylon Jennings and many others. Billy Joe's versions, rendered in his one-of-a-kind gnarled voice, are here. These are his Capricorn LPs and they're among the most collectible country albums from the Seventies. We've added an ultra-rare MGM single and an unreleased song from 1974 produced by Willie Nelson and Bobby Bare.


Honky Tonk Heroes

More than 20 years after Waylon Jennings introduced him to the world by making his songs the focus of his landmark LP 'Honky Tonk Heroes', Billy Joe Shaver remains a country-music outsider. His outstanding 1993 set, `Tramp On Your Street', astonished even longtime fans of the wily songwriter and singer with its punch and diversity, and it has directed attention back to Shavers impressive catalog of songs and performances.

Most country listeners are familiar with Billy Joe Shaver numbers through their versions by other performers. Everyone from John Anderson to longtime Shaver pal Willie Nelson has cut his songs, and

 current heartthrob Marty Stuart has already cut the first of what will likely be many high-profile covers of 'Tramp On Your Street' tunes. But hardcore Shaver fans know that the 53-year-old Texan is often his most sympathetic interpreter. His 1973 debut for Monument, Old Five And Dimers Like Me, is a much-sought-After collector's item, as are two succeeding records cut for Capricorn, and three '80s LPs that came out on Columbia. All these records feature Shaver's wizened tenor sharing his tales of lovable losers and no-account boozers; all are worth digging for.

Until the appearance of the Bear Family CD, all of Shaver's pre-`Tramp' recordings lay out of print. This CD includes the entirety of the two LPs that Shaver cut for Capricorn Records, `When 1 Get My Wings' (1976) and `Gypsy Boy' (1977), as well as both sides of a single he cut for MGM in 1974 (Lately I've Been Leaning Toward The Blues /I Couldn 't Be Me Without You) and a previously unreleased version of Music City U.S.A.

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Shaver, Billy Joe - Honky Tonk Heroes (CD) CD 1
01 Texas Uphere Tennessee Billy Joe Shaver
02 The Good Lord Knows I Tried Billy Joe Shaver
03 Ride Me Down Easy Billy Joe Shaver
04 When I Get My Wings Billy Joe Shaver
05 Ain't No God In Mexico Billy Joe Shaver
06 Love You Till The Cows Come Home Billy Joe Shaver
07 Woman Is The Wonder Of The World Billy Joe Shaver
08 When The Word Was Thunderbird Billy Joe Shaver
09 America, You Are My Woman Billy Joe Shaver
10 A Restless Wind Billy Joe Shaver
11 Evergreen Billy Joe Shaver
12 Billy B. Damned Billy Joe Shaver
13 We Stayed Too Long At The Fair Billy Joe Shaver
14 Honky Tonk Heroes Billy Joe Shaver
15 I'm Going Crazy In 3/4 Time Billy Joe Shaver
16 Gypsy Boy Billy Joe Shaver
17 Chicken On The Ground Billy Joe Shaver
18 Everything, Everywhere's Billy Joe Shaver
19 Slow Rollin' Low Billy Joe Shaver
20 Silver Wings Of Time Billy Joe Shaver
21 The Believer Billy Joe Shaver
22 You Asked Me To Billy Joe Shaver
23 Lately I've Been Leaning Towards The Blues Billy Joe Shaver
24 I Couldn't Be Me Without You Billy Joe Shaver
25 Music City U.S.A. Billy Joe Shaver
Billy Joe Shaver Geb. 16.8. 1941 in Corsicana - Texas Record Labels: MGM, Monument,... more
"Billy Joe Shaver"

Billy Joe Shaver

Geb. 16.8. 1941 in Corsicana - Texas
Record Labels: MGM, Monument, Capricorn, Columbia
Erster Hit: Georgia On A Fast Train (1973)

Ende der 60er Jahre von Bobby Bare entdeckt, hat sich der Sänger und Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver innerhalb kurzer Zeit zu einem der wichtigsten und tiefgründigsten Komponisten der Country Szene entwickelt. Nachdem er anfänglich nur für Bare gearbeitet hatte, übernahmen bald auch andere Stars die Songs von Shaver. Kris Kristofferson war nach Bare einer der ersten, er sang die Shaver-Komposition "Good Christian Soldier“. Tom T.Hall sang "Old Five And Dimers Like Me“, Waylon Jennings "Honky Tonk Heroes“, Elvis Presley „You Asked Me To“, Johnny Cash "Old Chunk Of Coal“ und die Allman Brothers Band über- nahm "Sweet Mama“.

Anfang der 70er Jahre begann Billy Joe Shaver dann auch seine Songs selbst zu singen. Er verfügt über eine ausdrucksstarke Stimme, erinnert manchmal etwas an Waylon Jennings, doch wie bei so vielen Komponisten vor ihm schon erlebt, mit der eigenen Interpretation klappt es meist nicht so recht. Hervorragend produzierte Platten, von den Kritikern hoch gelobt, dennoch nur niedrige Plätze in den Charts. Vielleicht mag es daran liegen, dass die Songwriter nicht genügend Zeit aufbringen, um auf Tourneen ihre Musik an's Publikum zu bringen."

Billy Joe Shaver

Old Five And Dimers Like Me

The tipping point in Billy Joe Shaver's career came when Waylon Jennings recorded 'Honky Tonk Heroes.' They first met at the Dripping Springs Reunion, the event that preceded Willie's annual picnics. After that, Shaver bugged Waylon so often, Waylon reportedly offered him a hundred bucks to go away. "I was always in a meeting or on another call or 'not in.'" Waylon said."This went on for months….He caught me one night at RCA recording. 'I got these songs,' he said, 'and if you don't listen to them, I'm going to kick your ass right here in front of everybody.' He could have been killed there and then by some of my friends lining the walls, but I took Billy Joe in a back room and said, 'Hoss, you don't do things like that. I'm going to listen to one song, and if it ain't no good, I'm telling you goodbye. We ain't never going to talk again.' Billy played me 'Old Five And Dimers,' and then kept on going. He had a whole sackful of songs, and by the time he ran out of breath, I wanted to record all of them." Old Five And Dimers was Shaver's everyday poeticism at its best. Waylon had every reason to be impressed.

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Tracklist
Shaver, Billy Joe - Honky Tonk Heroes (CD) CD 1
01 Texas Uphere Tennessee
02 The Good Lord Knows I Tried
03 Ride Me Down Easy
04 When I Get My Wings
05 Ain't No God In Mexico
06 Love You Till The Cows Come Home
07 Woman Is The Wonder Of The World
08 When The Word Was Thunderbird
09 America, You Are My Woman
10 A Restless Wind
11 Evergreen
12 Billy B. Damned
13 We Stayed Too Long At The Fair
14 Honky Tonk Heroes
15 I'm Going Crazy In 3/4 Time
16 Gypsy Boy
17 Chicken On The Ground
18 Everything, Everywhere's
19 Slow Rollin' Low
20 Silver Wings Of Time
21 The Believer
22 You Asked Me To
23 Lately I've Been Leaning Towards The Blues
24 I Couldn't Be Me Without You
25 Music City U.S.A.