You know Billy Joe Shaver's music, even if you're not familiar with the 74 year-old's name. Shaver's best-known for a song from his 1973 debut, Old Five-and-Dimers Like Me
, "I Been to Georgia On A Fast Train," a song that's been covered by everyone - Willie Nelson, Commander Cody, and Johnny Cash are just a handful. Shaver is also known for having shot a man in Lorena, Texas in 2007, and having nearly died from a heart attack on stage in 2001.
He has a new album due out this summer called Long in the Tooth
, and it's an all-killer, no-filler affair - ten songs that resonate with experience and hard-won lessons. For all his notoriety, it was a pleasure to simply discuss music and nothing but with Shaver by phone ahead of his headlining slot at the Westport Roots Festival this Saturday.