I’m really looking forward to seeing Billy Joe Shaver tonight at the Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson. We went to see Todd Snider there earlier in the year and I really really like the venue. Its completely covered, so if it does rain, we’re still safe and dry! The sound was great when we saw Todd so I can safely guess it will be good tonight too.
If you don’t know who Billy Joe Shaver is, here’s a quick spotlight from Matthew Everett in this week’s Metro Pulse:
In 1973, Waylon Jennings recorded Honky Tonk Heroes, a full album of songs by Billy Joe Shaver. The Texas-born Shaver seemed set to break through to bigger success, but he never did make the charts. He kept making music, though, cultivating a harder, Texas-blues edge with his son Eddy on guitar, and albums like Tramp on Your Street, Highway of Life, and the live Unshaven earned him new recognition from country traditionalists and alt-country carpetbaggers alike. But trouble has dogged Shaver’s steps in recent years: his wife and his mother both died in 1999; Eddy died from a drug overdose on New Year’s Eve of 2000; and Shaver suffered a heart attack onstage in 2001. In April, he was charged with assault after shooting a man in the face in a bar in Lorena, Texas. But Everybody’s Brother, Shaver’s new CD of religious songs (he once said, “If you don’t love Jesus, you can go to hell”), is getting good reviews. (Matthew Everett)Billy Joe Shaver with Peter Cooper • Thursday, Oct. 18 • 7:30 p.m. • The Shed (Maryville) • $10