Friday, June 16, 2006

Billy Joe Shaver

I try to keep the posts on this blog bbq related in one way or another, but I've been hunting and pecking on Google tonight and ran across Billy Joe Shaver's website.

He's probably the "Biggest Country Music Artist You've Never Heard Of", a phrase coined by journalist, Dan Rather; and actor Robert Duvall is a big fan of his song writing ability. Billy Joe's music is classified as "Americana" by the music industry and doesn't get much air time on most country music stations.

I recall a 60-Minutes interview with him last year that was really quite profound. Billy Joe has been featured on the popular CMT program "Crossroads" and is currently getting air time on Sirius Satellite radio's Outlaw Country channel 63 for his re-recording of a previous smash hit, now a classic--"I'm Going to Live Forever"--with Big and Rich.

I'll sign off now with words from another of Billy Joe's best-known songs, "Try and Try Again":

"If at first you don’t succeed, just try and try again. If all you do is lose, you better find a way to win. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again."

Hey, what do you know, there's the bbq contest tie in.

Purchase Billy Joe Shaver's music

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