Billy Joe Shaver Recalls The Infamous Wacko From Waco Story: “I Shot Him Right Between The Mother And The F*cker”

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Alright, I’m convinced that Billy Joe Shaver was one of the funniest storytellers on the planet.

I mean, he wrote songs for legends like Waylon Jennings, Tom T Hall, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson and more, so obviously he can craft a story, but listening to him tell some tall tales is a whole nother animal.

I’ve been binge watching these YouTube “Tales from the Tour Bus” videos from Cartoon Digest here recently, and I came across this wild one, featuring the iconic country singer-songwriter.

In this episode, Shaver recalls the infamous “Wacko From Waco” story, the well-known story about the time he shot a man outside a Lorena, Texas, bar in 2007.

Shaver and his wife Wanda (they were about to get divorced), decided to stop at a little backwoods bar outside of Waco, which ya know, that’s what you do when you’re about to get a divorce… celebrate.

By the way they were explaining it, it sounds like one of them bars tucked in the woods between the South Carolina-Georgia line, that you better not walk into without having a gun on you, or they might be sweeping your eyeballs up off the floor after closing time.

While they were there, a dude, who Shaver describes “built as a brick shit house,” comes over and sits down with them, and begins stirring his drink with a knife and starts flirting with Wanda, and smarting off to Shaver.

The singer admits he wasn’t too jealous because they were about to divorce, but he was getting tired of the random guy running his mouth.

The two exchange some expletives, and the random guy tells Shaver he’s gonna kill him, the two take it outside….

And I’ll let Shaver finish telling the story:

Shaver was found not guilty of aggravated assault in 2010, after a McLennan County jury found that he acted in self-defense.

Dale Watson wrote and recorded a song called “Where Do You Want It,” even though Shaver told him he never said that during the altercation, and that song would also later be recorded by Whitey Morgan.

But then, like any good songwriter, he wrote a song about it himself (along with Willie Nelson) called “Wacko From Waco.”

Billy ended up working this story into a bit of a comedy routine, which he would tell at shows to introduce the song.

Here’s him recalling the incident to a John T. Floore’s Country Store in 2017:

A tribute album to Billy Joe Shaver was just released featuring artists like Willie Nelson and George Strait.

Titled Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver, the new album was co-produced by Charlie Sexton and Freddy Fletcher, and features an incredible cast of artists including Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ryan Bingham and Nikki Lane, Steve Earle, Edie Brickell, Rodney Crowell, Margo Price, Allison Russell, and Amanda Shires.

Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver Track Listing: 

1. “Live Forever” – Willie Nelson (w/ Lucinda Williams)
2. “Ride Me Down Easy” – Ryan Bingham (w/ Nikki Lane)
3. “Old Five And Dimers Like Me” – Rodney Crowell
4. “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)” – Miranda Lambert
5. “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You” – Edie Brickell
6. “You Asked Me To”- Nathaniel Rateliff
7. “Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me” – George Strait
8. “Honky Tonk Heroes” – Amanda Shires
9. “Ain’t No God In Mexico” – Steve Earle
10. “Ragged Old Truck” – Margo Price
11. “Georgia On A Fast Train” – Willie Nelson
12. “Tramp On Your Street” – Allison Russell

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock