On April 21st, New West Records will release three albums from the father/son duo Shaver on vinyl for the very first time– Victory (1998), Electric Shaver (1999), and The Earth Rolls On (2001).
From the label:
In 1998, New West Records was in its infancy. The label had only released a handful of records before becoming fortunate enough to work with Shaver, a duo consisting of Billy Joe Shaver and his son, Eddy Shaver. The guitar virtuoso son and the outlaw country hit songwriter formed an incredible pair that would go on to release 6 critically acclaimed albums.
Shaver had released three full-length albums before signing to New West Records. Their fourth album, Victory, was released in 1998 and helped put the label on the map. The spiritual and almost confessional nature of the record combined with startling vocal performances helped put Billy Joe Shaver front and center again as well.
In 1999 the duo released Electric Shaver and the title says it all. Billy Joe had made a career out of playing acoustic country songs but with Electric Shaver, he and Eddy plugged in and delivered an outlaw country record with blues licks and rock solos.
The duo’s final release came in April of 2001, not long after the untimely passing of Eddy Shaver. Billy Joe and Eddy had written and recorded The Earth Rolls On before Eddy’s death on December 30, 2000. The record is widely considered some of Billy Joe’s most powerful songwriting and some of Eddy’s most inspired guitar playing. The record features Ken Coomer and Jay Bennet of Wilco as well as Gary Tallent from the E Street Band.
In celebration of 25 years of working with this amazing catalog, New West Records is proud to release all three records on vinyl for the first time. Each record is pressed on one specific color of vinyl. These are one-time color pressings. These will not be pressed again. Each record is packaged in a colored foil paper sleeve with foil stamped sequential numbering 0001-2000. Each record is limited to 2000 copies.