Ricardo B. Brazziell
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 marks Billy Joe Shaver's 77th birthday. The iconic Texas musician has seen a remarkable life of poetry, heartache, trouble and — far too long-awaited — critical acclaim. Click through this gallery for seven Shaver quotes, with links to stories. Here, Shaver performs at Waterloo Records during a CD release party in 2007.
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"I thought, ‘Gol’ dang, I know what’s goin’ on.’ And I just skidded on out there to my car and got my little pistol and put it in my pocket.” Billy Joe Shaver's infamous bar fight at Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena, which ended with Shaver shooting a man in the face, is well-told in this LA Weekly article. Here, Shaver walks with his attorney Dick DeGuerin after being found not guilty in 2010.