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|Billy Joe Shaver|
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
At first glance the laconic, laid-back country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and his guitar-slingin', supercharged blues-rocker son Eddy would seem to make an unlikely musical duo. But, like on 1996's high-powered Tramp on Y... more »
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At first glance the laconic, laid-back country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and his guitar-slingin', supercharged blues-rocker son Eddy would seem to make an unlikely musical duo. But, like on 1996's high-powered Tramp on Your Street and 1998's acoustic and introspective Victory, the Shavers once again manage to meld their seemingly antithetical musical personalities in a manner that's raw, powerful, and utterly moving. Billy Joe, who wrote or cowrote 11 of the 12 cuts on Electric Shaver, is a sort of footloose, back-street Texas poet-pilgrim whose greatest original songs infuse the stark imagery of sun-baked losers and outlaws with homespun earnestness and spiritual yearning. While at times the elder Shaver tended to be an indifferent, occasionally off-key singer, Eddy has proved the perfect antidote to his dad's occasional vocal lethargy. On tunes such as the supercharged gospel shout "Try and Try Again," the Tex-Mex working-man's lament "Manual Labor," and even a somber spiritual ode called "Slave at the Feet of the Queen," Eddy's searing electric lead work gooses Billy Joe's vocals to new levels of expressiveness. --Bob Allen
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The best roots rock cd of 1999!!
Frederick Rudofsky | East Greenbush, NY USA | 07/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man does this album rock out!!!!!!!! From "Thunderbird" to "She Can Dance" this is pure Texas heaven. When Billy Joe does take it down a notch as on "I'll Be Here" you don't mind because this is the song you want to dance to with your bride. Billy Joe is in fine voice, the songs linger in the mind long afterwards. And, his son, Eddy, may be the best guitarist in Texas since SRV. Get yourself a copy and one for every friend you've got!"
A close Shave
Bt | Parts unknown | 07/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mr.Shaver seems to have gotten rowdier with age. Known as a Texas songwriter & country/ folk/roots icon, his last three releases with late son Eddie are his most all-out rock. Here he shines with some hard edged country rock that'll have you feeling somewhat more aggressive than usual. A dandy indeed!"