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Tuesday music picks: Billy Joe Shaver, Jay Brannan

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 4, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver at Waterloo Records. “I’m still playin’ checkers, while they’re playing chess,” Shaver philosophizes in one of the catchier tunes on his new album, “Long in the Tooth.” The notion of being out-of-step with modern times is a recurring theme on the record, including the leadoff duet with Willie Nelson called “Hard to Be an Outlaw” (“who ain’t wanted anymore”). Nelson liked that one so much that he did his own version on his recent “Band of Brothers” album, but it runs a little deeper in Shaver’s hands. Free. 5 p.m. 600-A N. Lamar Blved. — P.B.

Also: Actor and singer-songwriter Jay Brannan, touring behind his new album “Always, Then & Now,” plays the indoor stage at Stubb’s with local opener Ruby Jane. … Tuesday nights at the Continental Club this month are once again rockin’ with the residency of Alejandro Escovedo. … It’s a good night for indie-folk-rock on the Mohawk’s indoor stage with San Marcos band Canvas People plus singer-songwriters Collin Herring, Graham Weber and Jerry David DeCicca.