Billy Joe Shaver
A rough-hewn discovery of Kris Kristofferson in the early 1970s, Billy Joe Shaver was simultaneously the most down-to-earth and the most poetically ambitious of country music's "outlaws." He wrote most of the songs on Waylon Jennings's "Honky Tonk Heroes," which Rolling Stone magazine once called the greatest country album ever recorded, and ever since then he's been creating powerful, honest music in a gritty but poetic style that's all his own. Who else would have referred in song to Jesus Christ as "a compound country kind of guy"? In recent years, Shaver has suffered the death of his mother, wife, and son. The music this original honky-tonk hero makes today carries a wisdom born of tragedy and faith. Special guests are The Honeycutters, The Honeycutters are, the musical collaboration of singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and guitarist/producer Peter James. While their sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, this pair creates a unique brand of Americana music that is comfortingly familiar while being entirely original.