Salt Of The Earth
Label: LUCKY DOG
Released in 1987, Salt of the Earth may have come out years after the heyday of outlaw country, but legendary songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is a major component of the genre, and a crucial artist for fans of the style. While "Old Five and Dimers" is not on here, "The Devil Made Me Do It the First Time" (aka "Black Rose" from Waylon's seminal Honky Tonk Heroes album) is, and throughout these 10 tracks, Shaver's sometimes fragile, wavering voice illustrates why he and Jennings were such superb collaborators. Don't skip "You Can't Beat Jesus Christ."