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Arts and Entertainment

December 7, 2012

Billy Joe Shaver to play B Side Ballroom

Singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver will perform with his band at 8 p.m. Saturday at the B Side Ballroom at 1 Clinton Plaza in Oneonta.

According to a media release, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash have all called him the greatest songwriter alive.

“His songs became country standards during the 1970s,” the release said, “and his reputation among musicians and critics has remained legendary throughout the ensuing decades.”

He wrote almost every song on Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes” album, and his music has been recorded by artists including Dylan, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

Dylan famously mentioned Shaver in “I Feel A Change Comin’ On,” the release said, and Willie Nelson’s “Hero” is about him.

Shaver has recorded more than 20 albums, including his first — 1973’s “Old Five & Dimers Like Me” — produced by Kris Kristofferson.

The Washington Post said of the musician, “when the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus.”

His songs include “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Live Forever,” “Tramp on Your Street” and “Try and Try Again.”

In 1999, Shaver was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He also received the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call 432-2053.

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