UNITED STATES.- Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver died this Wednesday in his native Texas at the age of 81.
According to information from Variety, Shaver suffered a massive stroke at Ascension Providence Hospital in Waco, Texas.
The singer rose to fame in 1973 with his debut album, “Old Five and Dimers Like Me”, and was often referred to as part of the “country outlaw” movement of the 1970s alongside figures such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. who recorded their songs.
His own recording career spanned 17 studio albums, the last of which was 2014’s “Long in the Tooth.” “Shaver has always been a tough guy who causes trouble on the fringes of a Nashville that values cunning,” wrote the Q magazine at the time.
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Shaver appeared in the 1996 Robert Duvall film “The Apostle.” In 2004, a documentary on Shaver, “A Portrait of Billy Joe”, was released.
His personal life was a matter of tradition and legend. He married and divorced the same woman, Brenda Tindell, three times. He had a heart attack on stage. In 2007, he was involved in a shooting incident that made headlines outside a bar in Lorena, Texas. He was acquitted after claiming self-defense.
Shaver was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. The following year he received his only Grammy nomination, in the category of best southern, country or bluegrass gospel album for “Everybody’s Brother.”