Artist Spotlight: Shooter Jennings #CMchat

The music business is full of misconceptions. For proof of this, you need look no further than the case of Waylon Albright Jennings. Being the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, many assume that “Shooter,” as he goes by, is nothing more than a hillbilly smart-ass outlaw.

Well, Jennings does have a wicked sense of humor – which he does come by naturally (If you’ve never heard his father’s “Living Legends Are A Dyin’ Breed”, you need to. You will smile a million smiles before it’s done!). But, anyone who claims Colter for a mother has to have somewhat of an angelic presence. After all, she’s about as close to one that has ever recorded in Nashville.

So, good guy or bad ass? Ah, such are the debates of life. Well, there is a little bit of both, but I will go on record by telling you that Shooter Jennings is one of the nicest artists I have ever talked to. He is a class act, pure and simple. Yes, he turns his guitar up loud, which on such songs as “4th Of July,” which was one of the best singles of 2005, is a very good thing. But, he is one of the coolest hillbilly rockers I have ever been around, and he has a ton of respect for those that have gone on before – and not just the “outlaws” that frequented the Jennings household growing up.

When I interviewed him for his The Wolf album back in 2007, I asked him about the track, “Slow Train,” in which he was joined by the Oak Ridge Boys. He told me that he carried Duane Allen’s phone number around for a few days before he got the nerve to call him about the Oaks appearing on the cut. Folks, I have heard the term “Bad Ass” passed around too much over the years, but to me, that’s the definition. But, it gets better. In 2010, the Oaks recorded The Boys Are Back, a disc produced by Jennings collaborator Dave Cobb. The title cut was a shortened musical biography of the Oaks – and who wrote the cut? Yep, you guessed it – Shooter Jennings. And, if you have ever heard it, he knows his history, even name checking Oaks founder Wally Fowler in the song.

Jennings is a tough sell for radio. He doesn’t fit in that 4+6 box, and that is the last thing he would ever want to do. But, let me say this, radio has missed out. Whether it be “4th Of July,” his cover of “Walk Of Life,” or his recent “The Deed And The Dollar,” this guy is deserved of any musical attention he gets!

#Twangout with Shooter Jennings on Country Music Chat #CMchat Wednesday October 10, 2012 5-5:30pm PT right here on! 


Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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