- Released: September 20, 2005
- Label: Compadre Records
Dirty Linen - p.83
"Shaver reminds you that a good country songs requires neither loud guitars nor inane lyrics."
- 1.Live Forever
- 2.There's No Fool Like an Old Fool
- 3.Livin' a Lovin' Lie
- 4.It Just Ain't There for Me No More
- 5.Jesus Christ Is Still the King
- 6.Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys
- 7.I Changed My Mind
- 8.Sweet Melody
- 10.You Ought to Be with Me When I'm Alone
- 11.Down the Road by the Way
- 12.West Texas Waltz
- 13.The Real Deal
- 14.If the Trailer's Rockin' Don't Come Knockin'
- 15.Try and Try Again
- 16.Aunt Jessie's Chicken Ranch
- 17.Feliz Navidad
Personnel: Nanci Griffith, Big Kenny (vocals); Max Baca (bass voice, bajo sexto, bass guitar, background vocals); Jerry Hollingsworth (guitar); John Ilewelyn Evans, Roger Rabbit (electric guitar); Lloyd Maines (lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro); Flaco Jim?nez (accordion); David Carroll (bass guitar, background vocals); Ethan Pilzer (bass guitar); Sean Raiford, Sean Raiford (drums); Raul "Nunie" Rubio (background vocals); John Rich (vocals); Gabe Rhodes (guitar, pump organ); Joe Gracey (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Paul Worley, Adam Shoenfeld (electric guitar); Mickey Raphael (harp); Richard Bowden (mandolin); Jonathan Yudkin, Warren Hood (fiddle); Michael Rojas (keyboards); Mark Patterson , Brian Barnett (drums); John Gardner (percussion); Kimmie Rhodes (background vocals); Kevin Fowler.
Audio Mixers: Chris Stone; John Ilewelyn Evans.
Liner Note Author: Kinky Friedman.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Commerce Street Studios, Houston, TX; House Of David, Nashville, TN; Sunbird Studios, Spicewood, TX.
Photographer: Cynthia S. Kinney.
Although new Billy Joe Shaver studio albums proved to be rarities in the early 2000s, THE REAL DEAL (2005) makes up for lost time with a solid set of the Outlaw Country performer's originals (and a bonus holiday tune). With a little help from Big & Rich, Nanci Griffith, and others, the ever-charming Shaver eases into his laid-back, often-humorous songs, reinforcing exactly why he's such a revered country artist.