BillyJoe Shaver At Grand Ole Opry


Part of the Outlaw Country genre, Billy Joe Shaver was born in August of 1939 in Corsicana, Texas. His mother worked at a local nightclub, where Billy was often exposed to country music, helping to kick start his love for the genre. After his discharge from the Navy, Shaver began working a series of dead-end jobs, including work at a lumber mill. There, he lost the better part of two fingers when his right hand was caught in machinery. However, Shaver recovered and taught himself how to play the guitar without those fingers. While trying to hitch rides to Los Angeles, Shaver wound up in Nashville, where he worked as a songwriter. His work with artists like Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley and Kris Kristofferson led him to his own record deal.

He has since released over twenty albums and four singles. His first two singles, “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and “You Asked Me To,” both charted on the Country charts. His third single, “Live Forever,” charted on the Canadian Country charts as well. In 2011, he released the single “Wacko from Waco.”
In 1999, Shaver was first invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. He also appeared on CMT Outlaws in 2005 and, in 2006, was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The Americana Music Convention has also awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.
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