Billy Joe Shaver, a contributor to the Nineteen Seventies “outlaw nation” motion and the person Willie Nelson as soon as known as “the best dwelling songwriter,” handed away Wednesday. He was 81.
Shaver died of a stroke at Waco, Texas’ Ascension Providence Hospital, Variety reported.
The Texas native grew to become a reputation in nation music together with his 1973 debut album, “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” now a basic of the outlaw nation style that emerged in response to nation music’s commercialization at the time.
He rose to additional prominence after Kris Kristofferson recorded his tune “Good Christian Soldier.”
The singer and songwriter had a penchant for writing tracks which different, extra well-known nation artists recorded, together with “Live Forever” — which nation supergroup the Highwaymen recorded in 1995 — and different numbers lined by Elvis Presley, David Allan (*81*), Tom T. Hall, Patty Loveless, Doug Kershaw, Johnny Paycheck and Jerry Lee Lewis, based on Variety.
He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, obtained the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting in 2002, wrote a memoir in 2005 known as “Honky Tonk Hero,” had a cameo within the 1998 Robert Duvall movie “The Apostle,” was the topic of a 2004 documentary known as “The Portrait of Billy Joe,” and in all recorded 17 studio albums, most lately 2014’s “Long within the Tooth.”
Stories from his private life had been additionally prolific in their very own proper. Shaver dropped out of highschool, married and divorced one girl 3 times, one other girl twice, had a coronary heart assault on stage, shot a person within the face exterior a bar (for which he claimed self-defense and was acquitted), misplaced chunks of three fingers in a sawmill accident and misplaced his son to a heroin overdose.
“Billy Joe talked the way in which a contemporary cowboy would converse, if he stepped out of the West and lived in the present day,” Waylon Jennings wrote of Shaver, based on Variety.
“He had a command of Texas lingo, his world as right down to earth and actual because the day is lengthy, and he wore his Lone Star birthright like a badge.”