Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Billy Joe Shaver On NPR
Billy Joe Shaver, 75, isn't a household name, but he's among the most respected living writers of country music.
Much of Billy Joe Shaver's life feels like he's living a country song, which he says he was born to write. He's done so since he was 8.
Shaver grew up a poor country boy in Corsicana, Texas, filling the moments in between songwriting with picking cotton and baling hay. His mom, who worked in honky-tonks, abandoned him for a time; as the song "I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train" says, he was raised by his grandmother. Check out a NPR interview HERE
His new album, Long In The Toothcomes out today (August 5, 2014).