Shaver's Jewels: The Best of Shaver

Shaver's Jewels: The Best of Shaver

Shaver's Jewels: The Best of Shaver

Shaver's Jewels: The Best of Shaver


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The band Shaver was built on the intersection of two stories, two familial stories, the first being the cult legend of Billy Joe Shaver, a hard-living outlaw Texas country singer and songwriter whose best songs were a fair step past brilliant, and the second being the story of his son Eddy Shaver, a rising Texas guitar slinger who had mentored with Dickey Betts and had already played on albums by Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson and toured as lead guitarist with Dwight Yoakam. The younger Shaver brought an edgy, raw energy to his father's already impressive songs, and together as the band Shaver, they recorded five albums of wonderful Texas outlaw country, beginning with 1993's Tramp on Your Street. This was honky tonk for a modern era, and perhaps a little ahead of its time (or behind, depending on one's point of view). It brought the elder Shaver new and younger fans, though, and the future looked bright when Eddy, hardly a stranger to the hard-living lifestyle that befell his father, died on December 31, 2000 of a heroin overdose, having just scheduled studio time to begin recording his first solo album. This set collects key tracks from the five albums tracked under the name Shaver, and includes the classics "Georgia on a Fast Train" (this re-recorded version immediately became the definitive one when it was released), "Tramp on Your Street," and "My Mother's Name Is Victory," all of which show Billie Joe's autobiographical, spiritual, philosophical, and cowboy-wise songwriting genius, amended by Eddy's sharp, perfectly placed guitar playing. It's modern honky tonk, half in the tradition, half moving forward, with one foot in Saturday night and the other in Sunday morning, and Shaver's legacy forms arguably the last great statement of the original outlaw country movement.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396628629
catalogNumber: 6286
Rank: 69390


  1. Georgia On A Fast Train
  2. Tramp On Your Street
  3. Highway Of Life
  4. Son Of Calvary
  5. You Can't Beat Jesus Christ
  6. Cowboy Who Started The Fight
  7. Live Forever
  8. My Mother's Name Is Victory
  9. Thunderbird
  10. You Wouldn't Know Love (If You Fell in it)
  11. Heart To Heart
  12. Love Is So Sweet
  13. Restless Wind
  14. You're Too Much for Me
  15. Blood Is Thicker Than Water
  16. Leavin' Amarillo
  17. The Earth Rolls On

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shaver   Primary Artist
Kooper   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Billy Joe Shaver   Guitar,Vocals
Keith Christopher   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Steve Bailey   Upright Bass
Jay Bennett   Hammond B3
Ken Coomer   Drums
David Crockett   Drums
Brantley Kearns   Fiddle,Mandolin
Doug Lancio   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
James Pennebaker   Fiddle
Kayton Roberts   Steel Guitar
Garry Tallent   Bass
Kenny Vaughan   Acoustic Guitar
Eddy Shaver   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Resonator,Guitar (Tremolo)
Danny Thorpe   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Littlefield   Background Vocals
Jason McKenzie   Drums
Siobhan Kennedy   Background Vocals
Ray Kennedy   Percussion,Piano,Mini Moog,Guitar (Rickenbacker),Guitar (Tremolo),Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Kinky Friedman   Liner Notes
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
R.S. Field   Producer
Eddy Shaver   Composer,Producer
Cameron Strang   Producer
Paul Moore   Art Direction
Randall Jamail   Producer
Ray Kennedy   Producer,Engineer

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