Dirty Linen - p.83
"Shaver reminds you that a good country songs requires neither loud guitars nor inane lyrics."
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.