Billy Joe Shaver to Release First Studio Album in 7 Years

November 16, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  13 Comments

billy-joe-shaverBilly Joe Shaver is getting ready to record and release his first studio album in 7 years, according to the 74-year-old Outlaw country songwriter and performer. Shaver released a couple of live albums last year, Live At Billy Bob’s Texas and the Live from Austin, TX: Austin City Limits – August 14, 1984, but this will be the first album of new material since his 2007 predominantly Christian album, Everybody’s Brother.

“I’m doing my first studio album in seven or eight years and I’ll be doing that I think December first, second or something like that,” Shaver told the Fort Stockton Pioneer ahead of a show in Alpine, TX.  “Hopefully getting it out in a couple of months. It’s all new too and different…There are some political things. The songs are so different then what’s on the radio now. It’s either going to change things around or get kicked out. One or the other. I’m hoping that this here will, as a matter of fact I know it will, it’ll kick ass…it’s going to be a good one.”

Shaver, who got his big break in country music when Waylon Jennings’ breakout album Honky Tonk Heroes included all but one Shaver-written song, also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a little sabre rattling about the current state of country music.

“I feel like that I’m still doing the same thing I always did, it just got lost in the shuffle because all this new stuff came in. There’s a lot of money behind these people…It’s just people trying to make money, that’s all it is and I can’t begrudge anybody for trying to make money. We’re all trying to make a living and do the best we can.  I feel that the art part of it just went out the window…but every once in awhile you will hear a good song. I can’t say that it’s all bad, it’s not. It’s just most of it’s bad…It’s kind of gotten way out of hand right now I think, but the solid foundation is still there.”

Billy Joe Shaver has had a tumultuous last 7 years. After coming out of a period where his wife, his son and guitar player Eddy, and his mother all passed away in a span of 2 years, Shaver battled a bad shoulder injury, and charges stemming from a shooting at the Papa Joe’s bar near Waco in 2007 that resulted in an assault trial against the songwriter, and a song chronicling the event by Dale Watson called “Where Do You Want It?” Shaver was eventually acquitted when it was found he acted in self-defense, with help from character witnesses Willie Nelson and Robert Duvall.

13 Comments to “Billy Joe Shaver to Release First Studio Album in 7 Years”

  • Can’t wait to hear it!! Billy Joe Shaver is a legend!


  • Billy Joe Shaver has been one of my guideposts as I’ve tried to write songs that tell the truth…or mock the devil…I can’t wait to get another dose of inspiration!


  • Now that is an Outlaw. All you need to know is that is talking to the Fort Stockton newspaper.


  • Great article Trig!


  • Billy Joe is one of my favorites. I am thrilled by this news.


  • Good Lord! Why did so many of his friends and family die in such short order? That’s just awful.


  • BJS last album “Everybody’s Brother” IMO is one of the most important Outlaw country albums ever written.

    Heavily laden in spirituality and worship of Jesus Christ, it’s an album of forgiveness. It’s not so much telling you why you should believe in The Lord, but an album of his songs that were written due to his crazy past and realizing that his time here is almost up.

    Every major Outlaw has thought about writing an album like Everybody’s Brother but never had the balls to record it.

    I can’t wait to hear what this genius has next for us.


  • Great job Trigg , articles like this keep me coming back.

    BTW the Bottle Rockets just re-released their first two albums, 20 years later…

    Two must own albums through Bloodshot Records


  • I saw Billy Joe Shaver a few years back when he opened for Loretta Lynn at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio, what a fantastic show! Billy Joe Shaver is the Waylon Jennings of today…without the (teen pop) financial backing. I’m looking and listening forward to some more great music from BJS! WooooHoo!!!!!!!


  • BJ is a great songwriter, right there with Merle and Willie and Kris.


  • This is incredible news and I cannot wait to hear this record, much like the bated breath I had for Guy Clark’s last one. To paraphrase the late, great Bum Phillips, BJS ain’t the only one in his class, but whichever class it is, it doesn’t take very long to call the role.


  • Looking foward do the record been too long. BJS is a legend but more thn that a wonderful man very down to earth.


  • This is truly great news – I can’t wait for it to be released.

    My favorite BJS album is Billy and the Kid, about his deceased son, Eddy, even though it tears me up to listen to it.

    I had completely forgotten about his incident in a barroom.

    He certainly did better than Johnny Paycheck, although the facts were likely quite different.


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