NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Billy Joe Shaver, a king of country music's outlaw movement, died on Wednesday. He was 81.

Shaver lived the life he wrote with a turned phrase and an early desire for respect.

His old-school style and blue jean wardrobe never changed.

He was confident and often critical of the country music played on the radio today.

It's been a tough few days for Texas Outlaw country music. Jerry Jeff Walker died last week and now Shaver - music inspirations to so many.

Billy Joe Shaver
 

STAFFORD, TX -- NOV 18: Billy Joe Shaver before performing at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas Nov. 18, 2016. (Photo by Michael Stravato/For the Washington Post)

 

Shaver's songs covered all the themes of traditional country music - God, love, trains, drinking and more.

 
 

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