Billy Joe Shaver-Great singer-songwriter!

We lost another really great Texas outlaw singer and songwriter this week. Billy Joe Shaver for years has been always one of my favorites. Any number of great singers recorded his music. The likes of Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to list just a few.  Two of my favorite Billy Joe songs are “Honky-Tonk Heroes “and “Old Chunk of Coal.”  (I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’m going to be a diamond someday.)  But his best song was a tribute to his son who died of a drug overdose.   I listen regularly to Billy Joe singing “I’m Gonna Live Forever.”  I had a long visit with him when he played at the Red Dragon Listening Room some years back.  A singer’s songwriter, we will sure miss Billy Joe Shaver.

 

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