Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Honky Tonk Hero

Got a good Christian raisin'
and an eighth grade education
Ain't no need in y'all a treatin' me this way
-- Billy Joe Shaver, Georgia On A Fast Train

The Associated Press reports:
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver surrendered Tuesday after a weekend bar shooting that wounded a man, police said.

Shaver turned himself in at the McLennan County jail in Waco and was released after posting $50,000 bail, said Lorena Police Chief John Moran.

Shaver, 67, was charged with an assault and a weapons charge. His attorney, Joseph A. Turner, has said Shaver shot the man in self-defense after he left the bar and followed Shaver into the parking lot Saturday night. Turner said that Shaver did not know the man and that the stranger was drunk, aggressive and had a knife.

The shooting occurred Saturday evening outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, according to Lorena police. The victim was reportedly shot in the cheek. ***

"Billy Joe Shaver is an icon in the country music industry. We're not going to turn our back on him at all," [Mathew Knowles, president and CEO of Music World Entertainment] said. "I personally wanted to tell him that, which is what we talked about today."
I just hope I'm still shooting knife-wielding drunks in saloon parking lots when I'm 67.

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