Every now and then Dylan will namecheck another musician in one of his songs, like he did with Alicia Keys in "Thunder on the Mountain
. In "I Feel A Change Comin' On," he sings, "I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver." Shaver is a key mover in the "Outlaw Country" scene, a highly respected singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and many others. When we spoke with Shaver in 2010
, he told us: "I've never met Dylan, but I think the world of him, and I remember when I first heard him way back - I've been writing songs since I was a kid, and when I heard his first tape, it upset me a little bit because I was real envious of that. I took the tapes and threw them in the river. I thought, God, what else is there to write about? (laughing) But I realized that if I'd just be honest and be myself, that I would be different.
Dylan impressed me so much. He inspired me more than influenced me. I think he's probably the greatest writer that ever lived. And he's real cool, I like him. I even like his singing real well. He has a spiritualism or something to him."