R.I.P. Billy Joe Shaver (1939-2020)

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Country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver has died at the age of 81. Many of his songs were recorded by Waylon Jennings for his album Honky Tonk Heroes, including the hit "You Ask Me To". He also contributed to/got covered by artists such as Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, The Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson and Patty Loveless.

Fans of Squidbillies are likely familiar with Shaver's theme song for the show, which has had numerous versions made by different musical artists throughout its 15-year history (I assume it'll continue for future episodes).

Shaver also had an acting career, appearing in the movies The Apostle, Secondhand Lions, The Wendell Baker Story, and Bait Shop, as well as the shows Still the King, Norm Macdonald Has a Show and the aforementioned Squidbillies.
 

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