By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Billy Joe Shaver is a living, breathing, walking, talking country music legend.
The Texas native has penned many hit songs, recorded by himself or others, like “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “Live Forever,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” and “You Asked Me To,” which he wrote with Waylon Jennings.
He’s had many ups and downs in his 72 years, and, as always, he’s drawing from his life experiences to create new music.
“I’ve got a single out, ‘Wacko from Waco,’ from that shooting that I got into right outside of Waco,” Shaver said – spoken like a true country outlaw. Shaver was acquitted of the 2007 shooting, which left a man injured, after testifying he acted in self-defense.
Shaver is working on a follow-up to his last album, a collection of gospel music produced by John Carter Cash. The new CD won’t be religious, just full of Shaver’s classic songwriting.
“I’ve got a couple of new songs that will be on there, just for the heck of it,” he said. “I got over 500 songs, so I’m not really in any trouble about songs. I’ve got so many of them, I just grab a hunk of them and go.”
He’ll do just that for his live show, which he’s bringing to Oxford next week. Fans can expect his legendary songs as well as some fresh ones.
“I have to play a lot of old favorites. About everybody’s done one of my songs, so I just have to kinda touch on those at least,” he said, “but I’ll throw in a bunch of new songs and things people haven’t heard.”
He’ll be accompanied by a new band.
“They’re young, but they’re good,” he said. “They’re solid as a rock.”
He said fans will get their money’s worth at the gig in Oxford.
“You’ll leave happy, I can say that. And that’s not to say that you’d be happy to leave,” he said, laughing. “You won’t be disappointed. We put on a great show.”
Who: Billy Joe Shaver
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Proud Larry’s, Oxford
Info: proudlarrys.com or (662) 236-0050
Extra: 18 and up