This afternoon at 3 p.m., country legend Billy Joe Shaver played a short, impromptu set...in a cubicle at the Redmond offices of Play Network, a Muzak-like company which pipes music into office and public environments. Says a witness of Shaver's performance, "We had him perform under fluorescent lights at the receptionist station (which was strange), his hands trembled, his guitar was out of tune and the stories he told of his three-time-wife’s recent passing and his son’s overdose were so excruciatingly personal I thought for sure some people would excuse themselves. That being said, it’s about as moved as I’ve ever been watching a guy sing with a guitar."
Such bizarre shows by high-profile national artists are, evidently, not all that unusual for the likes of Play Network and its Capitol Hill rival, DMX. Says our ear-witness of his time at DMX (he, like many Play Network employees, has worked for both outfits): "At DMX, Train, the Presidents, Collective Soul were the shitty ones, but the best was when the lesser known up-and-coming singer/songwriters checked in."