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Texas-Born Musician and Nashville Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver.

Texas-born musician and Nashville songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. At 54, he plays with his son in a band called "Shaver" -- their new album is "Tramp on Your Street" (Zoo/Praxis), his first recording in ten years. Shaver's songs, as recorded by Waylon Jennings on the 1973 "Honky Tonk Heroes" album, began the "outlaw" movement in country music. Since then, his songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. Shaver has been called a "redneck William Blake" by the Chicago Tribune, and the album has received acclaim for, "its unaffected blend of hot-lickin' honkey tonk and roadhouse rock, offering disgruntled country fans a potent antidote to the formulas of the New Nashville".

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Other segments from the episode on May 4, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 4, 1994: Interview with Billy Joe Shaver; Review of Louis Begley's novel "As Max Saw It"; Interview with Pagan Kennedy; Review of Cyrus Chestnut's album "Revelation."

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