Episode #5: "Billy Joe Shaver"
Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 20 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
By all accounts, Billy Joe Shaver should never have made it in country music. A poor Texas kid from a broken family, he lost three fingers in a sawmill accident before ever writing a song. Despite his physical challenge, Shaver landed in Nashville as a singer-songwriter with hard luck songs about real life. A chance meeting with Waylon Jennings in the back of a peanut trailer led to Jennings' breakthrough "Outlaw" album "Honky Tonk Heroes," featuring Waylon singing songs written by Billy Joe. A decade later, Shaver made a name for himself after shooting a man at a roadside tavern for allegedly talking to his soon-to-be ex-wife. The gunplay led to a celebrity trial and a shocking verdict. Of course, Billy Joe wrote a song about it.
Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.