Even as geezers, they’ll always be (along with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson), The Outlaws. Eighth-grade graduate Shaver wrote the Honky Tonk Hero’s album that gave country music a muscular new poeticism, but he never became a big star, racking up “more miles than money”.
Rhodes poetry scholar Kris went Hollywood and made millions. Both dudes can still write.
Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson (1978) (VIDEO):
Billy Joe Shaver, There’s No Fool Like An Old Fool (VIDEO):