Belton, Texas – Billy Joe Shaver has produced some of the most recognizable country songs of the last five decades. His music has been performed by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. On Tuesday, Janurary 28, he will be performing in the Hughes Recital Hall of Presser Hall on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus.
The concert and discussion is part of the university’s C3: Conversations About Christianity + Culture series. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be followed by a concert. The event is free and open to the public.
Shaver’s career began in 1968 when Bobby Bare gave him a job writing. Very quickly his songs gained the attention of popular recording artists who turned them into bonified hits. In 1973, Shaver released in own album Old Five & Dimers Like Me. It was the first of 23 albums on his resume. In 2006, Shaver was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
His song “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day)” was written just after Shaver made the choice to give up drinking and drugs and turn to God.
For more information about the C3: Conversations About Christianity + Culture series, visit the C3 website http://c3.umhb.edu/.