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Billy Joe Shaver: Tramp on Your Street (Zoo/Praxis 72445-11063; CD and cassette)

Holly Gleason, The New York Times, 3 October 1993

AT A TIME when country music has been reduced to an arena-ready formula, Billy Joe Shaver is a blotch on the horizon. Unapologetically raw, the 52-year-old Texas songwriter was the inspiration for Waylon Jennings's persona and created the songs for his watershed 1973 album, Honky-Tonk Heroes. Mr. Shaver guts feelings and strings them over taut arrangements anchored by his son Eddie's stinging guitar.

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