Billy Joe Shaver

Final SXSW Live Shots

Billy Joe Shaver

Stage on Sixth, March 14

You walk in, and honky-tonk survivor Billy Joe Shaver launches a monologue about Dale Watson writing "Where Do You Want It?," about the former's infamous shooting incident. "It wasn't worth a damn," Shaver drawls. "I mean, it was a good song, but they used it as evidence against me in the trial! So, this'un's called 'Wacko From Waco.'" Shaver's in top form, sampling a good 45 minutes of his hard country classics: "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train," "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal," "Honky Tonk Heroes," the list is endless. As he fronts a band that could be the Supersuckers with great humor and a weathered delivery, you grasp how many late 20th century treasures Shaver, 73, has penned. An ambassador to old-school music values, to unvarnished honky-tonk, to progressive country as a Harlan-Howard-meets-Bob-Dylan figure, he also preserves the vintage era of Hank Williams and Ray Price. Billy Joe Shaver remains the diamond he promised he'd been in that song about a chunk of coal.

More Billy Joe Shaver
Crazy From the Heat
Billy Joe Shaver
Texas Platters go mondo

Doug Freeman, Aug. 8, 2014

Playback: Long in the Tooth
Playback: Long in the Tooth
Songwriting 101 from Billy Joe Shaver

Kevin Curtin, Aug. 1, 2014

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Robert Earl Keen
Live Dinner Reunion (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
The Out of Towners (Record Review)

Greg Beets, Dec. 2, 2016

More by Tim Stegall
Texas Platters
Walter Daniels
"Almost Got Hit by a Truck" b/w "My Mind Got Bad", "Voodoo Working" and "Stimulant" b/w "I Get Off on It", "Graveyard Shift" b/w "They Can Only Fill One Grave" (Record Review)

Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & a Holler
Time Has Shown Me (Record Review)

Nov. 25, 2016


Billy Joe Shaver

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)