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.