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Editors’ Notes

Waylon Jennings’ son Shooter abandons the alt-country his genes all but demanded from him and joins up with a new group of musicians who put the pedal to the metal. And suddenly Jennings is fronting a band that’s one part Soundgarden, another part Queensryche and a third part Jesus Christ Superstar. Black Ribbons is assembled like The Who Sell Out or Roger Waters’ Radio K.A.O.S. with Stephen King serving as the doomsday DJ in between tracks that swing into a variety of studio-enhanced styles. “Triskaidekaphobia” and “Don’t Feed the Animals” move in mysterious ways towards different forms of prog-metal, while “The Breaking Point” slims down to a bluesy quiet that explodes into a regal, choir-induced chorus just shy of hitting another galaxy. This is weird, freaked-out music that plays like a studio experiment gone mad. Jennings is obviously having a great time playing up to the apocalypse. Even “God Bless Alabama” keeps away from the standard issue boogie riffs. “All of This Could Have Been Yours” plays like a ballad under the influence of the Flaming Lips. One of 2010’s most ambitious and delightfully experimental albums.

Customer Reviews

Shooter hits his mark

Never has an artist strayed so far from his comfort zone and the typical expectations of his established fan base to produce what may ultimately be considered a masterpiece of it's era. This album should eventually go down in music history as one of the greatest concept albums of all time

completely underhyped

This album is brilliant. Haunting, resonant tunes layered between poetically narrated segments.

Great music but.......

The complaint is more with itunes than the band or the album. I bought and downloaded the album but the Stephan King voiceovers were missing! What is up with that?! They are advertised as tracks on the album! They are a critical part of the listening experience with this record. It is like taking taking the character voices out of a Pink Floyd album. Did anyone else have this problem? I have sent a request to tech support and I am waiting for a response. Stay Tuned. Music is GREAT though! I just paid for the whole package.

UPDATE, Itunes took care of me and I have the entire album. Thanks Itunes and a very special thank you to Shooter and Hierophant! In the same league as Zepplin, Floyd and Rush. Simply Brilliant!


Born: May 19, 1979

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright Jennings, Shooter was playing drums by the time he was five years old and had already begun taking piano lessons, only to break them off and follow his own path to an understanding of the instrument. He discovered guitar at 14 and rock & roll (particularly Southern rock and the loose-limbed hard rock of Guns N' Roses) at 16. Soon he moved from Nashville...
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