Ted Grimsrud

68. Billy Joe Shaver—OLD FIVE AND DIMERS

This album signaled the beginning of one of the greatest, if largely under the radar, writing and recording careers in American music. Shaver hit the ground running with a collection of terrific songs, several which have become country music classics—such as “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “Black Rose,” “Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me,” and “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train.” Shaver’s aren’t the most famous versions of these songs, but they’re the best. His writing is often autobiographical, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Powerful stuff that has stood the test of time.

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Monument Records, 1973 [All-Music Guide review]

Here’s #67.

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