Electric Shaver

Electric Shaver

by Shaver


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From the first snarling, rough-hewn notes of Eddy Shaver's electric guitar on "Thunderbird," the opening cut on the excellent new ELECTRIC SHAVER, you know you've wandered onto dangerous turf. Then Eddy's dad, the peerless songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, comes in moaning a bluesy lament, informing us "I'm livin' with a stranger now /The girl I knew got away somehow." Forcefully describing lost love, lost time, and a life that now seems empty, the elder Shaver hooks you into a narrative that doesn't falter over the next 11 cuts. Shaver, the group, mixes hard country, honky-tonk, and blues with effortless ease in shaping its own brand of alternative country, and Billy Joe comes up with one gem of a song after another. Each one takes a hard, uncompromising, unsentimental look at the winners and losers among us, and why they are the way they are. "Try and Try Again," "You Wouldn't Know Love," "People and Their Problems" -- these aren't songs, really, so much as profound treatises on love and friendship brought to vivid life by a bunch of tough-minded, no-b.s. musicians. This one's destined for the year-end best-of lists. And Billy Joe Shaver ought to be declared a national treasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/1999
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396600724
catalogNumber: 6007
Rank: 56540

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shaver   Primary Artist
Ray Kennedy   Dobro,Mandolin,Percussion,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Tremolo
Billy Joe Shaver   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
David Crockett   Percussion,Drums
Jim Hoke   Accordion
Dennis Morgan   Background Vocals
Michael Smotherman   Background Vocals
Eddy Shaver   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,MIDI Guitar,Tremolo,Resonator
Tom Littlefield   Background Vocals
Keith Christopher   Bass
Damon Gray   Background Vocals
Danny Flowers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Producer,Engineer
Kinky Friedman   Liner Notes
Cameron Strang   Producer

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