Shiner Sunday August 8th
Written by KHYI 95.3 on August 5, 2013
Billy Joe Shaver headlines this Shiner Sunday!
After several trips between Texas and Tennessee, he appeared one day in 1968 in Bobby Bare’s Nashville office, where he convinced Bare to listen to him play. Bare ended up giving him a writing job and soon his songs began to see the light thanks to Kris Kristofferson (“Good Christian Soldier”), Tom T. Hall (“Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me”), Bare (“Ride Me Down Easy”), and later, the Allman Brothers (“Sweet Mama”) and Elvis Presley (“You Asked Me To”). Shaver’s real breakthrough, though, came in 1973 when Waylon Jennings recorded an album composed almost entirely of Shaver’s songs, Honky Tonk Heroes — largely considered the first true “outlaw” album.
Shaver’s own debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, was produced by Kristofferson in 1973. Along with the title track, it contained now-classic Shaver songs “Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me” and the aforementioned “Georgia on a Fast Train.” In 1978 Johnny Cash recorded “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” a song Shaver wrote just after he chose to give up drugs and booze and turned to God for help.
Opener Darryl Lee Rush found his voice on his most recent self-titled album. Don’t forget to check out Shiner Trivia in between sets! That’s Darryl Lee Rush at 4:00, Shiner Trivia with Brett Dillon at 4:45 and Billy Joe Shaver at 5:00! Tickets are just $15! Don’t miss this party on the patio. Full details available at http://www.loveandwarintexas.com/.