- Released: April 10, 2001
- Label: New West Records
Rolling Stone - 5/10/01, p.903.5 stars out of 5
- "...[His] most powerfully moving work....there's a 'carpe diem' spirit that moves this album..."
Q - 8/01, p.1404 stars out of 5
- "...Honest as ever, Shaver offers both heartbreak...and paternal tough love in his gruff drawl...with spirited production....a stirring affirmation that life goes on."
CMJ - 5/14/01, p.19
"...Heartwrenching...musically one of Shaver's strongest sets to date..."
- 1.Love Is So Sweet
- 2.Evergreen Fields
- 3.Hard Headed Heart
- 4.New York City Girl
- 5.Restless Wind
- 6.Sail of My Soul
- 7.You're Too Much for Me
- 8.Blood Is Thicker Than Water
- 9.Star in My Heart
- 10.It's Not over Till It's Over
- 11.Hearts A' Bustin'
- 12.Leavin' Amarillo
- 13.I Don't Seem to Fit Anywhere
- 14.The Earth Rolls On
Personnel: Eddy Shaver (vocals, acoustic, electric & slide guitars); Billy Joe Shaver (vocals); Doug Lancio (acoustic & electric guitars); Ray Kennedy (acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano, mini-Moog synthesizer, tambourine, percussion); Kenny Vaughn (acoustic guitar); Kayton Roberts (steel guitar); James Pennebaker (fiddle); Jay Bennett (Hammond B-3 & Vox organs); Gary Tallent (bass); Ken Coomer (drums, tambourine); Greg Morrow (drums); Siobhan Kennedy, Tom Littlefield (background vocals).
Recorded at Room & Board, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Billy Joe Shaver (vocals); Eddy Shaver (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Doug Lancio (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ray Kennedy (acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano, mini-Moog synthesizer, tambourine, percussion); Kenny Vaughan (acoustic guitar); Kayton Roberts (steel guitar); James Pennebaker (fiddle); Ken Coomer (drums, tambourine); Greg Morrow (drums); Tom Littlefield (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ray Kennedy.
Recording information: Room & Board, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Jim Herrington.
In the photos that accompany The Earth Rolls On, veteran country-rocker Billy Joe Shaver looks as if he's lived through some hard times, and indeed he has: His son Eddy, a key member of his band Shaver and the lead guitarist on this album, died suddenly on December 31, 2000. The year before, Bill Joe's lifelong love, Brenda, died after a lengthy illness. Shaver had divorced her twice over the years -- and married her three times. Experiences like these are reflected throughout this album, which is perhaps the most powerful of Shaver's career. "Hearts a Bustin'" is about Brenda, and so is the moving title cut ("The earth rolls on/Even though you're gone/The earth rolls on, and on, and on...); several of the other tracks, including "You're Too Much for Me" and "Star in My Heart," concern Shaver's reportedly rocky relationship with his son. But don't get the idea that everything here is somber: "Blood Is Thicker Than Water," also about Eddy, will bring a smile, and "Leavin' Amarillo" gets downright silly. Musically, this is fine stuff, thanks to Shaver's singing, Eddy's spirited guitar, and sterling backup from the likes of the E Street Band's Garry Tallent and Wilco's Jay Bennett and Ken Coomer. ~ Jeff Burger