Scandals in Country Music
- In 2003, country singer Glen Campbell had a run-in with the law in Phoenix, Arizona. According to police, he was driving drunk and hit a car at an intersection. He left the scene of the accident, and when confronted kneed a police officer in the thigh. According to Sgt. Randy Force, Campbell sung his hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" in his cell in the incident's aftermath. The singer pled guilty to DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. He spent 10 days in jail and agreed to carry out community service.
Billy Joe Shaver
In March 2007, Billy Joe Shaver shot Billy Bryant Coker in the face outside a bar in Lorena, Texas. Shaver used a light caliber .22 pistol, and lucky for Shaver Coker survived
claimed that he had been defending his life.
"I felt he was gonna kill me," Shaver told a court in 2011. He explained that Coker, who had been rude to his then-wife Wanda, brandished a knife inside the bar and asked Shaver to step outside. "He was a big bully, the worst I ever seen -- a big bad one. And I been all around the world."
Outside, witnesses reported that Shaver asked Coker, "Where do you want it?" He then shot him and fled the scene.
All the same, the jury acquitted Shaver of aggravated assault charges.
Afterwards, Dale Watson wrote a song about the shooting called "Where Do You Want It?"
Shaver denies he ever asked such a question, and later penned his own song about the event called "Wacko From Waco."