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In Review: Billy Joe Shaver brings honest country
to Calico Rock
By contributor: Carol Langston

There’s something about classic country music that
brings folks together like no other music genre –
something that causes the 19-year-old one seat over to
stop tweeting and start dancing in her chair and the 89-
year-old across the room to raise his ball cap as a sign
of respect.

Saturday’s Billy Joe Shaver concert, hosted by the
Calico Rock Area Chamber of Commerce, was a
nod to the rich history and bright future of one of
Arkansas’ most-treasured communities. Simply put,
it was a great evening of entertainment and a foot-
stomping climax to the growing Bootlegger Daze
festival
.

Much like Calico Rock itself, Shaver was honest,
charming, gritty and fascinating. At 74, the Texas native
and born-again Christian took the audience on a wild
ride with the classic “I Been to Georgia on a Fast
Train” and didn’t slow down until the end of the show
when he shared his personal testimony borne out of
years on the road as one of the original honkey-tonk
heroes.

Shaver, along with fellow outlaw country singer-
songwriter Billy Don Burns of Fifty-Six, spent more
than two hours on the Calico Rock School Auditorium
stage, delivering a retrospective of hits such as “I’m
Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a
Diamond Some Day)” and “Old Five and Dimers Like
Me.” Needless to say, for the 310 plus in attendance it
was a night to remember.

The show was not without its humorous moments.
Shaver brought the crowd to its feet with the raucous
“That’s What She Said Last Night,” a mash up of “that’
s what she said” one-liners, and “Wacko from Waco,”
an homage to his 2007 brush with the law and
subsequent acquittal of a charge of aggravated assault.
Shaver recorded the tune with friend Willie Nelson, who
served as a character witness for him during the trial.

The only break for Shaver was a clever solo by his
drummer on “When the Word Was Thunderbird.” An
impromptu encore after the house lights were turned on
brought the dancers and fans to the stage for two
additional numbers.

Folks lined up for more than an hour after the show to
visit with Shaver and Burns, who graciously took time
for fan photos, hugs and autographs—a humbling
gesture to the many who traveled great distances to see
them perform; including four neighboring states, Iowa,
and even North Carolina! One fan had Shaver sign his
guitar and returned to the line to have him sign its case.

After all, how often does a modern day outlaw come to
Calico Rock?