Save the date! Two of the most celebrated veterans of the outlaw country movement are coming to a small-screen near you.
On December 17th, Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson will be musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman. We can’t guarantee it, but a performance of “It’s Hard to be an Outlaw,” a Shaver/Wilson duet off of Shaver’s recently released album, Long in the Tooth, would seem to be a safe bet.
Released on Lightning Rod Records and consisting predominantly of new material, Shaver’s album has earned effusive critical praise from outlets as diverse as Esquire, Uncut and NPR.
Nelson also has a new album out. With the tongue-in-cheek title of Willie’s Stash, vol. 1, it marks the first in a series of releases of archival recordings by Nelson. The Red-Headed Stranger is also still riding high on the June 2014 release of Band of Brothers, which hit #1 on the US Country Charts and peaked at #5 on the US Billboard 200.
In honor of Shaver and Nelson’s appearance on Letterman, Awaiting the Flood will be releasing its own Top 10 List: of the best, but overlooked, Shaver and Nelson songs.
While nothing compares with the opportunity to experience Shaver and Nelson together live, for fans of county and roots music a televised performance by two master craftsmen of the genre is an opportunity not to be missed.
The Late Show broadcasts 11:30 Eastern Time on CBS.
Here, as a teaser, is a Shaver and Nelson duet of Shaver’s classic, and autobiographical, “Wacko from Waco.”