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Billy Joe Shaver

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Billy Joe Shaver is an American country music singer/songwriter. He was born August 16, 1939 in Corsicana, Texas. Shaver’s 1973 album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is a classic in the outlaw country genre.

Shaver was raised by his mother, Victory Watson Shaver, after his father Virgil left the family before he was born. Until he was 12, he spent a great deal of time with his grandmother in Waco, Texas so that his mother could work. He sometimes accompanied his mother to her job at a local nightclub, where he began to be exposed to country music.[1]

Shaver’s mother remarried about the time that his grandmother died, so he and his older sister Patricia moved in with their mother and new stepfather. Shaver left school after the eighth grade to help his uncles pick cotton, but occasionally returned to school to play sports.[2]

Shaver joined the U.S. Navy on his seventeenth birthday. Upon his discharge, he worked a series of dead-end jobs, including trying to be a rodeo cowboy. About this time, Shaver met and married Brenda Joyce Tindell. They had one son, John Edwin, known as Eddy, who was born in 1962. The two divorced and remarried several times.[3]

Shaver took a job at a lumber mill to make ends meet. One day his right hand (his dominant hand) became caught in the machinery, and he lost the better part of two fingers and contracted a serious infection. He eventually recovered, and taught himself to play the guitar without those missing fingers.[4]

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  • livin-proof

    Billy Joe Shaver Says His Best Work Is Still To Come “I’ve screws in my shoulders, and a new knee – it’s been there about two years,” Shaver tells the Nashville Scene. “The other one is going out. I got a four-way bypass, had a heart attack onstage, broke my neck three times. I got stents in me all up and down. If you was to junk me, you’d get more than I’m worth. I’m beat-up, but I still got a lot of fight left in me.” ---- In fact, the new material is so strong that Shaver is loathe to jinx the project by revealing too many details. “It’s so descriptive that I hesitate to tell you the titles of any songs because that’ll be the end of it,’ he states. “Somebody in town will write it. The big stars, if they hear it, they write around it or get influenced by it and don’t even realize it. Then they play it and it looks like I’m sucking hind-tit every time.”

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • zoarces

    What a songwriter!

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Milkshake8

    http://www.last.fm/group/Squidbillies

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jamath911

    A Texas treasure.

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • ErikAllenAwake

    Classic.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Ariues

    why aint the squidbillies theme song on the chart up there? hehe im gon see if i can find it on the interweb

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • hard-line

    geniallllll!

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • TheVileViolater

    He's Fucking Amazing!!! if you havn't seen this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBn5BZgTZu4 u gotta check it out

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • auburnscott

    Free in Auburn CA June 18th wooo hoo!

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • lukeclews

    Really good music

    28 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Adrianthema

    Squidbillies!

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • eddieathainky

    Best damn singer songwriter there ever was and ever will be!

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • nemu_no_mune

    The only Country artist worth listening to!

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • darrylxxx

    Wonderful!

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BELLABRECHO

    love love love

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Eatyourbrians

    If you don't love jesus, i'ma shoot you in the face.

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • adammoss

    Easily the best country music songwriter of all time and massively underrated outside of the southern states. One of my favourite artists.

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • xnonviolentx

    Whatever happened to that guy he shot in that bar last year?

    28 Apr 2008 Reply
  • elchuy

    Billy Joe transcends music. He is one of the great poets of all time. What an unbelievable knack for storytelling he has. Absolutely awesome!

    22 Mar 2008 Reply
  • DrBackwards

    Wow, I'm top listener....I just got into Billy Joe last week, so I almost feel as though I don't deserve it! Great music/lyrics, however.

    14 Aug 2007 Reply
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