If you’re in L.A. and looking for something to do on Saturday night, SoundCheck recommends a trip to the Redwood Bar & Grill downtown, where country legend Billy Joe Shaver makes a return appearance. Eilen Jewel and the great Dave Gleason will open the show.
Shaver is the author of such classics as “Georgia On a Fast Train,” “I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal” and most of the tunes on Waylon Jennings’ insuperable 1973 album “Honky Tonk Heroes.” He gained a good deal of notoriety in 2007, when he was arrested for shooting a Texas bar patron who was pestering him. He was acquitted of assault charges in April, but he did have to pay a $1,000 fine and forfeit his .22-caliber Derringer-style pistol as part of a plea agreement on a weapons charge.
Another gifted Texas country singer and songwriter, Dale Watson, commemorated the incident in his composition “Where Do You Want It,” heard in the live clip above. The song takes its title from a question allegedly posed by Shaver to the shooting victim.
Billy Joe Shaver is bad.