by Robert Bell
BILLY JOE SHAVER
7:30 p.m. Revolution. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
We've written about Billy Joe Shaver in this publication just about every time he's come to town, and as long as he's touring and playing Little Rock, we'll keep that up. If you're any kind of country music fan, you should be well aware of the legendary Shaver. The man more or less invented Outlaw country and wrote a long string of timeless hits, including "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal," "Black Rose," "(I've Been To) Georgia on a Fast Train," "Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me," and many others.
His last show at Revolution, back in August, was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Shaver sang, danced, shadowboxed, told jokes and rambling, hilarious stories and even offered just a bit of political commentary when prompted. Some dude in the audience asked him about Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas. Shaver paused for a few beats then said, "Aw, those guys are all right. They just shouldn't be running for nuthin'. They should be running from something."
Now, I'm not saying that a witty dismissal from Billy Joe Shaver is, by itself, enough to derail a nascent presidential campaign, but it certainly can't hurt. But regardless of your feelings about Rick Perry, I promise that this will be one of the best shows you'll see all year.