An array of country stars have come together to pay tribute to the iconic outlaw country singer-songwriter, Billy Joe Shaver, on a new 12-song project. Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver will be released via New West Records and Pedernales Records on Nov. 11.
Co-produced by Charlie Sexton and Freddy Fletcher, the album features renditions of Shaver songs recorded by Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ryan Bingham and Nikki Lane, Steve Earle, Edie Brickell, Rodney Crowell, Margo Price, Allison Russell, and Amanda Shires.
Shaver, who died on Oct. 28, 2020, was an integral part of the outlaw country movement. His songs attracted many admirers over the years, including Johnny Cash, who covered Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” and called him “my favorite songwriter.” Nelson, a frequent Shaver collaborator, once declared that “Billy Joe is definitely the best writer in Texas.”
In the project’s liner notes, co-producer Fletcher writes, “His influence on the greatest of artists is what inspired this project. The album is a testament to his words and their deep impact on wonderful songwriters and performers. He’s a hero to so many, and we are honored to pay homage to his legacy.”
Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver will be available across digital retailers, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. Colored vinyl limited editions are available for pre-order now at newwst.com.
Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver Track Listing:
1. Willie Nelson (w/ Lucinda Williams) – Live Forever
2. Ryan Bingham (w/ Nikki Lane) – Ride Me Down Easy
3. Rodney Crowell – Old Five And Dimers Like Me
4. Miranda Lambert – I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)
5. Edie Brickell – I Couldn’t Be Me Without You
6. Nathaniel Rateliff – You Asked Me To
7. George Strait – Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me
8. Amanda Shires – Honky Tonk Heroes
9. Steve Earle – Ain’t No God In Mexico
10. Margo Price – Ragged Old Truck
11. Willie Nelson – Georgia On A Fast Train
12. Allison Russell – Tramp On Your Street
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