Billy Joe Shaver Unshaven: Live at Smith's Olde Bar

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  • Released: June 27, 1995
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.

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Rolling Stone - 9/7/95, p.72
3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...The songs are recharged through [son and lead guitarist] Eddy's command of high-decibel dynamics; the Shavers don't just ignore any boundaries between country blues and rock--they bulldoze straight through 'em..."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/14/95, p.56
"...Billy Joe Shaver's on the same exalted songwriting level as fellow Texans Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt..." - Rating: A
Dirty Linen - 2-3/96, p.79
"Billy Joe Shaver and the power trio perform mostly scorching versions of a dozen of Billy Joe's best-known songs....[the] producer...just let the tapes roll during a three-night gig in Atlanta and the result is hard rock honky-tonk of a kind that is all too rare..."
Musician - 10/95, p.85
"...staggers out of the gate at a pace where most live albums wind up....UNSHAVEN works so well because of its loose, roadhouse feel, the perfect presentation for Shaver's rough-hewn world view. Play it loud and enjoy it with a cold one..."

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Billy Joe Shaver, Brendan O'Brien.
Recorded live at Smith's Bar, Atlanta, Georgia.
Personnel includes: Billy Joe Shaver, Eddy Shaver.
Recorded live at Smith's Bar, Atlanta, Georgia.
Of the country singer/songwriters identified with the "Outlaw" movement of the 1970s, one of the most interesting was also the least famous: Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver wrote wonderful songs--earthy yet whimsical and articulate--that were covered by his friends Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (and later by the Allman Brothers and Elvis Presley, among others), yet mainstream stardom eluded him. But judging from the live set that is UNSHAVEN, it hasn't slowed him any--in fact, maturity seems to have made Shaver more robust than before. Backed a hot, tight, blues- and rock-influenced band featuring his son Eddy on guitar, Shaver presents many of his best and most well-known songs with no-tomorrow gusto and bravura. Son Eddy plays scorching lead guitar, combining honky-tonk twang with raw rockin' energy. The elder Shaver commands the audience's attention with his big, booming, slightly raspy yet comforting voice that effortlessly communicates the warmth and wisdom that comes from living through--and learning from--the hard times while holding onto the good ones.

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  • Sales Rank: 42,913
  • UPC: 886975052523
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