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Shooter Jennings' albums have wandered all over country and hard rock terrains, never comfortably staying too long with one sound. Like his dad Waylon, Shooter knows all about self-mythology. He's out to remind anyone who doesn't already know about the Jennings family tree just how outlaw his family has been through the years. (A biopic's also in the works.) "Outlaw You" gives that particular lesson; it's a great-sounding tune that lets you forgive his testiness about the pretty boys with cowboy hats and new boots. The tough hard rock of "A Hard Lesson to Learn" is a warning to himself not to be easily seduced by the legacies of musicians doomed by the bottle. "Wild & Lonesome" with Patty Griffin hits the sweet spot with a gorgeous ballad. Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas joins Jennings for the futuristic rocker "15 Million Light Years Away," which (along with the Pink Floyd-like "Flying Saucer Song") suggests he has a hankering for a world outside the elements of Steve Young's "The White Trash Song."

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Shooter Jennings is....

First things first, this review will be bias. Shooter Jennings 6th album & 5th studio release is a genre busting piece of art. The term country rocker does not do Shooter justice. There is roots, country, Americana, rock, metal, blues, and jazz present on this album. Shooter is the most original recording artist on and scene today. Shooter makes the music he wants. He always has but since leaving his major label deal after 4 record releases he shocked fans and thrilled critics with "Black Ribbons" in 2010. A rock opus that stands the test the time to this day. Following "Black Ribbons" was 2012's "Family Man" album which some labeled a return to country when really it was Shooter introducing the public to stripped down roots country music.

Enter 2013's new release "ThenOther Life". When the opening track plays you may right away think you are getting ready to hear a Black Ribbons like album but that track is directly followed up by the upbeat country tune "The White Trash Song" which features Scott H. Birham. You then continue to go thru a ride of musical bliss with stand out tracks "The Outsider, "ThenOther Life", etc.

Then there is the closing track "The Gunslinger". My favorite Shooter songs are the ones drenched with emotion I.E. "All Of This(could have been yours)" from Black Ribbons. the Gunslinger is an angry Shooter Jennings writing a song from a dark place and revisiting that same place while laying down the vocals. No, I was not present when it was recorded but you can feel it in the vocal delivery.

I know I didn't go song by song in this review I more so wanted new listeners or fans to know what you get with a Shooter Jennings album. You get true song writing, electric backing band, and emotional lyrics that can not be labeled by and critic or music charts. Shooter does not ever try to follow in his famous fathers footsteps in any other way than doing what he wants to do as an artist and not letting any label but a limit on where he takes his music.

The missing link

Shooter can't be categorized and this album is a perfect example of his diversity as an artist. The iTunes review really says it all. Like all of his releases, this takes me back to a time when I could put vinyl on the turntable kick back, study the album cover, sleeve, lyrics and just enjoy it all as an experience.


to hell with new pop country. listen to the balls of shooter jennings. i am a M Fin' gunslingler but don't fear me fear the mother Fin' trigger finger.
take that eric church & the nashville machine.


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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