Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver has embodied the Outlaw spirit of country music from the start, placing cuts in the 1970s with John
ny Ca
sh, Da
vid All
an C
oe, T
om T. Hal
l, Wayl
on Jenn
ings, Kr
is Krist
offerson, and more. After a hardscrabble youth, which can be traced through many of his most eloquent songs, Shaver met Jennings at a guitar pull in Texas. Encouraged by the legendary singer, Shaver tracked Jenn
ings down in Nashville to pitch some songs. True to his word, Jenn
ings took a break from his recording session and listened to Shaver sing the material -- and subsequently recorded an album almost entirely composed of Shaver's songs, 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes. That breakthrough paved the way for hits like Joh
n Ander
son's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal" and Jo
hnny Rodri
guez's "I Couldn't Be Me Without You." Shaver has maintained a touring and recording career for decades, performing enduring originals like "Black Rose," "Georgia on a Fast Train," "Live Forever," and "Old Five and Dimers Like Me." Other notable cuts include Bo
bby Ba
re's "Ride Me Down Easy," Pat
ty Love
less' "When the Fallen Angels Fly," and Elv
is Pre
sley's "You Asked Me To." He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.