Billy Joe Shaver Talks Music, Bars and Women

Legendary "Outlaw" releases new album, Long in the Tooth.

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Billy Joe Shaver, long credited as one of country's original "outlaws," has released a new album, Long in the Tooth, his first collection of original music since 2007.

The always-quotable Billy Joe talks about the album and offers some insights on today's country music, the women in his life and other hot topics in the Aug. 25 issue of Country Weekly.

One song, "Hard to Be an Outlaw," features Willie Nelson on guest vocals and takes aim at the contemporary music business. "You know, it just kind of peeves me that they don't pay attention to older artists these days, especially on the radio," Billy Joe says in the article. "A lot of art gets lost when you don't play older artists. It's like tearing down the Mona Lisa."

Billy Joe has also written classics that were cut by other artists, including "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train" and "Honky Tonk Heroes." And for more on the colorful Billy Joe and his acclaimed new album, pick up the Aug. 25 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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