Storyteller - Live at the Bluebird 1992
Label: Sugar Hill Records
This live recording presents an intimate acoustic performance by Billy Joe Shaver at the ripe old age of 52. If you can get past the cold and direct sound of a live acoustic guitar with an electric pickup in the sound-hole (they should really just mic it), narrative-rich songs like "Honky Tonk Heroes (Like Me)" and "Old Chunk Of Coal" will work their outlaw country magic on you. Shaver's voice is warm and endearing, and his song lyrics share so much wisdom that it's hard to believe that 15 years later he would shoot a man in the face.