The Washington Post on Outlaw Country Inventor Billy Joe Shaver

In my humble opinion, we focus far too much on the world’s huge success stories. Those stories provide a false sense of what life is really like. Far more interesting (at least to me) are the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” stories of those who almost made it, or who made it for a while but couldn’t maintain it.


The Washington Post had a great article in May about Billy Joe Shaver, the purported inventor of outlaw-country music. I don’t know much about the man, but his story is far more interesting than are the stories of the big successes (e.g., Waylon, Willie, Johnny Cash). If you like stories about popular music, entertainment, or colorful characters, you will love this one.

It is here –



About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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