SOURCE: Music World Entertainment

April 02, 2007 19:08 ET

Music World Entertainment Releases Statement on Billy Joe Shaver's Alleged Connection to Shooting

Compadre Will Release Billy Joe Shaver's "Greatest Hits" on April 3, 2007, as Scheduled

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 2, 2007 -- Music World Entertainment, who recently acquired Compadre Records, released a statement on behalf of their country artist, Billy Joe Shaver, in response to reports of his alleged involvement in a recent shooting in Texas. "We support Billy Joe Shaver as a member of the Music World / Compadre Family. At this time, no charges have been filed and Billy Joe is expected to honor all scheduled concert performances and his promotional schedule for his new album release, Billy Joe Shaver's 'Greatest Hits,' from Music World Entertainment /Compadre Records on April 3, 2007," states Mathew Knowles (President, CEO of Music World Entertainment).

About Billy Joe Shaver

For the first time in his four-decade career, Billy Joe Shaver fans can find eighteen of his most popular songs in one place when Compadre Records releases "Greatest Hits" on April 3, 2007.

Billy Joe Shaver has had his songs covered by an impressive list of performers including Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Bob Dylan and The Allman Brothers Band, to name a few. Waylon Jennings' 1973 "Honky Tonk Heroes" album, widely credited for launching the Outlaw movement in country music, featured ten of Shaver's compositions. While other artists have been successful singing their versions of Shaver's tunes, no one can deliver the lines with as much soul and honesty as the writer himself. The five-time Grammy nominee was recently crowned with the Songwriter Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. He was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and named Texas State Musician by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Shaver acted as "spiritual advisor" to the Texas gubernatorial campaign of longtime friend Kinky Friedman.

Country superstar duo Big & Rich, longtime Shaver fans, co-produced their duet with Shaver on his inspirational masterpiece "Live Forever." Shaver's son, Eddy, who passed away tragically in 2000, posthumously teams up with his dad on "Step On Up." "Greatest Hits" features "Try and Try Again," Shaver's fervent reminder about the power of persistence, and the previously unreleased "Melody," which was produced by roots music producing legend R.S. Field. "I Couldn't Be Me Without You" and "Ride Me Down Easy" were recorded during Shaver's 2006 concert at London's Luminaire. They showcase Shaver's one-of-a-kind on-stage storytelling and give background on the songs that other artists took to the top of the Country Music singles chart. "Light A Candle For Me" is a new song recorded during the sessions for Shaver's most recent album, "The Real Deal."

A best of collection of Shaver's songs wouldn't be complete without his biographical roadhouse romp, "Georgia on a Fast Train," and his message of redemption, "Old Chunk of Coal" ("Old Chunk of Coal" is featured in the new Ashley Judd movie, "Come Early Morning"). "Greatest Hits" is a perfect primer for new Billy Joe Shaver fans and a must have for lifeline devotees.

Concert Dates

4/3    Austin, TX       Waterloo Records 5pm
4/6    Fort Worth, TX   The Horseman Club
4/14   Houston, TX      Firehouse Saloon
BILLY JOE SHAVER - "GREATEST HITS"

(Tracklist)

1.  Good Ol USA
2.  Georgia on a Fast Train
3.  Freedom's Child
4.  Try and Try Again
5.  Old Chunk of Coal
6.  Step On Up
7.  Honky Tonk Heroes
8.  Hottest Thing in Town
9.  That's What She Said Last Night
10. When Fallen Angels Fly
11. I Couldn't Be Me Without You
12. Black Rose
13. Light a Candle for Me*
14. Ride Me Down Easy
15. Melody*
16. Old Five and Dimers
17. You Asked Me To
18. Live Forever
*previously unreleased songs

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