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Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver, state musician for 2006. File photo.

Since 2001, a committee of seven members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House selects the state musician based on recommendations from the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

Musician Residence, Hometown Term
James Dick Round Top 2003
Ray Benson Austin 2004
Johnny Gimble Tyler 2005
Billy Joe Shaver Waco 2006
Dale Watson Austin, Pasadena 2007
Shelley King Austin 2008
Willie Nelson Austin, Abbott 2009
Sara Hickman Austin 2010
Lyle Lovett Klein 2011
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) Houston 2012
Craig Hella Johnson Austin 2013
Flaco Jiménez San Antonio 2014
Jimmie Vaughn Austin, Dallas 2015
Joe Ely Austin, Lubbock 2016
George Strait San Antonio, Poteet 2017
Marcia Ball Austin, Orange 2018