Billy Joe Shaver sets tour dates, plans new CD
Thursday, December 3, 2009
– Billy Joe Shaver will tour heavily during the final weeks of 2009 and most of the year 2010 as he looks to release a new album and a series of live dates with Willie Nelson.
Shaver will appear in a sold-out show with Nelson, Ray Price, Billy Bob Thornton and Kris Kristofferson on Wednesday, December 16 at Carl's Corner in Hill Country, Texas. He has also launched what he calls the "Bottom Dollar Shows" to keep the music flowing in recession-plagued times. Selected home state live dates will cost $1 to attend. He can afford to do this because he's found that when the cover charge is low, he sells far more merchandise and CDs. "We're going to start this at our Willie's Nightlife Theater date on Dec. 20, and if it catches on, we're going to take it everywhere," he said.
Two new guitarists have joined Shaver's band in recent weeks: Jamie Hartford, powerhouse guitarist and son of the late John Hartford, and 15-year-old Adam Carter, a South Carolinian who learned much of his technique by listening to Billy Joe's son and former band member, the late Eddy Shaver's recorded work.
Billy Joe Shaver has been writing material for the new album and is starting to talk with producers. Among the new songs is The Get Go, which he's debuting in live appearances.
Tour dates are:
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 Savannah, GA The Jinx
Sunday, Dec. 12 Columbia, SC White Mule Music Pub
Wednesday, Dec. 9 Birmingham, AL Zydeco's
Thursday, Dec. 10 Ruston, LA The Dawghouse
Friday, Dec. 11 Fort Worth, TX Longhorn Saloon
Friday, Dec. 18 Houston Firehouse
Saturday, Dec. 19 Fredericksburg, TX Luckenbach Dancehall
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 Steamboat, CO Big Ski Trip
Saturday, Jan. 16 Stephenville, TX -City Limits
Friday, Feb. 12 Austin Paramount Theatre
Thursday, March 11 The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe
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