Country Legends We Love: Billy Joe Shaver

This Texas native has written classic hits for Waylon Jennings, John Anderson, and more

Billy Joe Shaver has a life story that would best be told in a miniseries. There’s just too much drama to fit neatly into two hours. A colorful character and legendary songwriter who never quite gets the credit he’s due, Shaver stands tall as an essential songwriter of the Outlaw movement, a cornerstone of the Texas music scene, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

On the occasion of his 81st birthday this weekend, we honor him as one of CMT’s Legends We Love.

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