Fundraising continues for local country legend

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

A fundraiser and street dance for the Billy Joe Shaver bronze statue will be held from 3 p.m. to midnight today, May 29, on Collin Street in front of Napoli’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, located at 111 E. Collin Street. There will be a $15 dollar cover charge for admittance to the event, with all proceeds going towards continued work on the Shaver statue.

An early prototype sculpt of the upcoming Billy Joe Shaver bronze statue. – Courtesy photo

During the fundraiser, there will be several live music performances from the following artists:

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Peter Sinclair
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ira Bradford & Bustin Loose
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Triple Nickel
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Bryan Smith
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Lanky Moore and Randy Grimes

Shaver, who passed away in October of 2020, was a pioneer in the “outlaw country” musical movement in the 1970s, where he created such popular songs as “You Asked Me To”, “Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me,” “Corsicana Daily Sun,” and “Live Forever.” Shaver was also a personal favorite and inspiration to such musicians as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

The Corsicana Bronze Statue project features notable Corsicana residents and their contributions to the community. Funding for these statues are paid for entirely by funds donated by numerous individuals and organizations.

“Outlaw country” music legend Billy Joe Shaver – Courtesy photo

The event features sponsorship from: 106.9 The Ranch, Action Sign and Banner, Amy and Dickey Daniel, Brinson Auto Group, Corsicana Cleaners and Laundry, Coyote Kays, DareToAim Photography, Edmonds Excavation, Hayden Boyd, Hayden Thomas, Hwy 22 Car Wash, Lloyd and Clara Hickerson, Old Lumberyard Food & Finds, Sharon Thomas, Shea Edmonds Realty, The NavCo Chronicle, and Waterworks Irrigation.

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