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Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live
Billy Joe Shaver
Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Fellow songwriters shower their love on Billy Joe Shaver throughout this concert recording from his 65th birthday bash in Austin. Whereas tribute albums typically feature a variety of performers interpreting the honoree's ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Billy Joe Shaver
Title: Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver: Live
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Compadre Records
Release Date: 5/17/2005
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Outlaw Country, Singer-Songwriters, Tributes, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 616892631224

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Fellow songwriters shower their love on Billy Joe Shaver throughout this concert recording from his 65th birthday bash in Austin. Whereas tribute albums typically feature a variety of performers interpreting the honoree's material, here, many of the Texas troubadours choose to play their own songs influenced by Shaver or ones the rough-hewn renegade specifically requested for the occasion. The birthday boy proves his own best interpreter, opening the album with a hard-charging rendition of "Georgia on a Fast Train" and closing with the raucous resilience of "Try and Try Again" (in which he deals with the death of his wife and his son) and the soulful transcendence of "Tramp on Your Street." The between-song patter highlights the proceedings, with the respect Shaver receives from peers such as Guy Clark and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (who brings tremulous heartbreak to Shaver's "Hearts-a-Bustin'") equaling the awe he elicits from younger troubadours such as Todd Snider and Jack Ingram. As Joe Ely suggests, no one has found "a way of combining the spiritual and the honky-tonk" quite like Billy Joe. --Don McLeese

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A fitting tribute
Wes Marshall | Austin | 12/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was there that night. The love for the man permeated the theater. Billy Joe has seen his share of hard times, but his faith in Jesus (even in these times when that seems to be a politically incorrect thing to say)and the love of his admiring fellow songwriters has gotten him through. The night after his son, Eddie, died (as Todd Snider, dropping his usual ironic stance so eloquently sings about in Waco Moon), Billy Joe was scheduled to play New Years Eve at Poodie's, a honky-tonk in Spicewood, Texas. Billy Joe was, understandably, devastated. His friend, Willie Nelson, himself a Spicewood resident, got Billy Joe on stage and the two just played songs for each other until three in the morning. No dry eyes in the house.

I tell you all of that to give you a littel backgrond on Waco Moon and to give you an idea on how highly Billy Joe is held as a Texas institution.

At the birthday celebration, stars and soon-to-be stars stood in line to sing Billy Joe's praises. It was one of the great musical nights of my life, and for those who missed it, at least you can get a feel for it through this excellent CD.

Kinky Friedman, who is running for Governor of Texas (and might win like a wrestler from Minnesota did, surprising everyone) has said that the day after his inauguration, he will install Billy Joe as the poet laureate of Texas. Listen to this CD, and you'll get an idea why.

Billy Joe will, indeed, Live Forever."
10 stars if I could
Tim Hanson | Florida | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great, such a tribute for such a poet. There are none better than Billy Joe."
Must have for Billy Joe Shaver fans.
Jack Perry | Terrell,Texas | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent collection of Billy Joe's wonderful musical work done by him and some of his fans who happen to be outstanding performers in their own right.If you are not a Billy Joe Shaver fan, just listen and you will be."