Tuesday, August 16, 2022
– In honor of his birthday today, New West Records & Pedernales Records announced "Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver" will be released Nov. 11.
The 12-song set was co-produced by Charlie Sexton and Freddy Fletcher and features renditions of Shaver songs recorded by Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ryan Bingham and Nikki Lane, Steve Earle, Edie Brickell, Rodney Crowell, Margo Price, Allison Russell, and Amanda Shires.
Shaver, a sharp songwriter who was part of the Outlaw Country movement, passed away on Oct. 28, 2020.
Nelson said, "He was just real; there wasn't one phony drop of blood in him."
From his album liner notes, co-producer Fletcher wrote, "His influence on the greatest of artists is what inspired this project. The album is a testament to his words and their deep impact on wonderful songwriters and performers. He's a hero to so many, and we are honored to pay homage to his legacy."
The track listing is:
1. Willie Nelson (with Lucinda Williams) - Live Forever
2. Ryan Bingham (with Nikki Lane) - Ride Me Down Easy
3. Rodney Crowell - Old Five And Dimers Like Me
4. Miranda Lambert - I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)
5. Edie Brickell - I Couldn't Be Me Without You
6. Nathaniel Rateliff - You Asked Me To
7. George Strait - Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me
8. Amanda Shires - Honky Tonk Heroes
9. Steve Earle - Ain't No God In Mexico
10. Margo Price - Ragged Old Truck
11. Willie Nelson - Georgia On A Fast Train
12. Allison Russell - Tramp On Your Street