“This settles it, I’m gonna live forever.” ***

On May 31 I’m playing at Woodall’s Watering Hole in Hubbard, Texas, a crossroads Texas town like the ones I’ve passed through all my life.  Only this time, I’ll be crossing paths with Billy Joe Shaver, opening the show for him that night. I’ve got silver in my hair, or should I say, there’s a little black in my silver hair.  I’ve got a few lines in my face and a permanent trucker’s tan on my left arm. I’ve worn out more tires, alternators, and seat covers than I can count driving around the country playing for folks.  I can do almost every bar trick ever invented, thanks to endless hours spent waiting for night to roll around so I can get up on stage and do my trick.  I’ve got some divorce decrees, some support orders, a few police reports laying around, and even a file on me in an FBI building somewhere.  I’ve ridden a mule in the Arizona desert and gotten lost in the subway in New York City.  I’ve eaten everything from a week old burrito from the Alsups to steak in a penthouse restaurant with real linen napkins.  And my lifetime social security earnings report is about as big as a convenience store receipt, all due to my steadfast refusal to get a real job. But I’m like a kid on the playground next to Billy Joe Shaver.  I first remember him from Honky Tonk Heroes, which came out right about the time I was supposed to be seriously considering what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I got to listening to those Honky Tonk...

Gig Saturday October 5 Just Added

Billy Eli will be performing a solo show on Saturday Oct. 5 at the Rattlesnake Inn in Florence Texas.  The Rattlesnake in has been a working Honky Tonk since 1933, so come experience a bit of Texas history while listening to Texas’ future of honky tonk....

People Like Us are Fearless Families

I have partnered up with attorney Pamela Parker! We first partnered up many years ago when we got married and started raising our four kids together. Two of those kids have serious special needs – one with autism and one with cerebral palsy.  Over the years we’ve learned how to  beat out our own path in life, finding laughter and love in everything that happens, even the things that we wish wouldn’t  have happened. Our life includes special needs, it’s not defined by special needs. Our personal partnership has been great, and for some reason continually surprises people.  When people hear Pam is married to a honky tonk star, she gets a doubletake, then I see the wheels in their head struggling to realign, then “Wow.  Really? That must be fun.”   I usually get “Dude! You married a lawyer???? How’d you do that?” We’ve also spent a lot of our separate professional lives working for special needs families.  I’ve played many fundraising events for a variety of special needs causes, and Pam’s legal practice serves mostly special needs families. Finally, we’ve partnered up in the professional realm.  Our project, the Fearless Family Tour, brings Pam’s information about special needs planning to families along with my music concert, peppered with stories that all fearless families out there will identify with.  We have some other projects in the works that will raise money to help more families get their special kids set up for the future. We’ve created a facebook community  to let families connect with each other. We have found the people like us, and they are fearless families.  We all have dreams and together we...

Music Rocks Autism

Billy played for this great music series this past Saturday in Baltimore.  Linda Cain puts on this shows in honor of her very sweet and rocking son Jacob, who has autism.  She’s on Facebook and the web.  If you like your music with a side of good cause, check out her stuff. And then check out these great videos of Billy performing at the event....

Friday Jan 11 in Austin

I’ll be playing a short happy hour set this Friday, January 11 at Kick Butt Coffee in Austin.  Kick Butt’s official name is Kick Butt Coffee Music and Booze, so you know it’s gotta be a fun place even before I get there. We play from about 7 – 8, so head on over after work. Playing right before us is a duo called MadTaylor.  This is their debut gig, and the Mad in MadTaylor is my 18 year old daughter Madison.  She’s got some stuff, as well as her partner Nathan Cheatham.   Come on out and support them....