Now, lots of songwriters can turn a good phrase. But a smaller number can tell a good story or grapple with pain and death the way Shaver does. Fewer still can make you believe everything's going to be all right when their own world is crumbling. The number of such artists is so minuscule, in fact, that they could be counted on Shaver's mangled right hand. All of which makes Billy Joe Shaver one of the few remaining great country singers. Feeling bad has never sounded so good.
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