Live At Billy Bob's Texas CD (2012)

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Product Overview


Label Select O Hits
SKU 231378107
UPC 662582506624
UPC 14 00662582506624
Format CD
Release Date 7/17/2012
Author Billy Joe Shaver
Associated Artist/Work Dash Rip Rock
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Technical Info
Engineer Bob Wright
Producer John H. Reynolds; Bob Wright
CatalogID 5066
Lable Name Smith Music Group
Released 07/17/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00662582506624
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Billy Joe Shaver (vocals, guitar); Jeremy Lynn Woodall (vocals, guitar); Jason McKenzie (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bob Wright.
Liner Note Author: Pam Minick.
Recording information: Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth, TX (09/17/2011).
Directors: John H. Reynolds; Robert Gallagher.
Editor: John H. Reynolds.
When it comes to the vast majority of recording artists, the answer to the question, "how many officially released live albums do I really need," carries a simple answer: zero to one. In Billy Joe Shaver's case, the question doesn't even apply. Really, just ask any fan. Though far from a household name, Shaver is revered internationally for a catalog of songs that has been covered by an astonishing array of other artists, from rockers to country artists to jazz musicians and soul singers, though none of the cover versions of his songs do justice to his own live performances. Each Shaver performance is different, for almost inexplicable reasons. Whether playing alone or with a band, the combination of hard-earned humility, world weariness, spirituality, genuine compassion, rebelliousness, honesty, and a refusal to despair no matter the tragedy, pours forth from when he takes the stage and begins to sing. Live at Billy Bob's Texas, is a CD/DVD package recorded and taped at the Forth Worth venue (the world's largest honky tonk) on September 17, 2011. It features virtually all of his classic songs and a pair of new ones. Backed by lead guitarist Jeremy Lynn Woodall, bassist Matt Davis, and drummer Jason McKenzie, Shaver takes fans through a solid, often chilling set of stellar performances that run the gamut of Texas country, hard rocking honky tonk, and folk. For a man in his early seventies, he is in excellent voice. Check the effortless slide through his range on "Honky Tonk Heroes," the disciplined plaintive restraint in "Old Five and Dimers Like Me," and the command of authority that gospel demands in "Live Forever." But nowhere is Shaver's voice more effective than in one of the new songs, the a cappella "Star in My Heart," that is so tender it actually hurts. The other new track here, "Wacko from Waco," is a humorous account of his then-recent legal troubles that features a Johnny Cash-esque vamp. The video looks excellent and is worth seeing more than once, simply for the kind of awe and devotion the man inspires in his audience, as much as for the riveting performance. Billy Joe Shaver is one of a kind, and this set proves it; it makes an excellent introduction for anyone not familiar with his singular talent. ~ Thom Jurek
Disc 1
4 That's What She Said Last Night
10 Hottest Thing In Town
13 Ride Me Down Easy
16 Git Go, The
18 You Asked Me To
20 You Can't Beat Jesus Christ
22 Git Go, The
Product Attributes
Artist Shaver,Billy Joe
Label Select O Hits
Music Format Compact Disc
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