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"I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver / And I'm reading James Joyce / Some people they tell me I got the blood of the land in my voice." These lyrics are from Bob Dylan's song "I Feel A Change Comin' On," which means Shaver has joined the ranks of The Jack of Hearts, St. Augustine, The Blind Commissioner, and Einstein (disguised as Robin Hood) all of whom have been immortalized in a Dylan song.
Billy Joe Shaver's songs became country standards during the 1970s, and has been covered by Elvis, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and many others.
As for being name-checked by Dylan, Shaver, 73, called it "sweet" and said "I don't know what caused him to do it." He added: "I've never met Bob Dylan. He's the best. I hope to hear from him, and tell him, 'Howdy.'"
When • Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m.Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets • $20 at thestateroom.com