Billy Joe Shaver puts the “outlaw” in Outlaw Country. In 2007, he was arrested for shooting a man in the face outside a bar. He was acquited in 2010 after witnesses testified that he was acting in self defense.
The first time I really learned about him was when he opened for Willie Nelson in 2009 at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. We had front row seats. It was an outstanding concert.
He may not be a household name, but his songs have been recorded by many who are: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis…
He has also recorded 17 studio albums of his own and 6 live albums.
Not bad for a guy missing two fingers.