I spent some time up stairs here at the station this afternoon and ran across box after box of vinyl records. Everything from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album to Neil Diamond, Seals & Crofts, and even Chicago. Just seeing the history reminded me of how music influenced my life from a very early age. Listening to that same thriller album on a PlaySkool tape player equipped with only play, stop, and forward….(evidently “reverse” was an option, much like power windows) for hours on end swinging on a rickety metal swing set in my backyard.
On occasion a certain artist or group will come through the studios, that if just for a moment, takes me back to that time in life. When bills didn’t exist and my only worry was school and what time it would be over. Shooter Jennings recently stopped in studios and for about 20 minutes, took me back to that time.
Practiacally born on his father’s tour bus, Jennings’ musical career began at an early age of 5 playing drums and them piano at age 8 and by 14 was backing his father. As an adult, Jennings left Nashville, Tennessee to seek his fortunes in Los Angeles. He assembled and performed with Stargunn, a southern rock band who, through three distinct phases, sounded like a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie, Guns n’ Roses and The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies. Stargunn performed at local clubs for six years, built an avid following, and earned praise from the local music press.
Jennings portrayed his father in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. He is the host of Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo, a two-hour weekly music show on Sirius Satellite Radio‘s Outlaw Country channel. His second solo album Electric Rodeo was released on April 4, 2006, followed by The Wolf on October 23, 2007. This album was followed in 2009 by his first compilation album, Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the .357′s.
In 2011, following a move to New York, Shooter, with childhood friend and master pianist Erik Deutsch, formed “The Triple Crown”, a new backing band for his forthcoming country album. The album Family Man, his first self-produced outing, was released March 13, 2012.