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Shooter Jennings: Meet the outlaw country renegade with a taste for darkness

Shooter Jennings talks about getting out of his famous father’s shadow, paying his dues, conspiracy theories and why he’d “kill to go” to one of David Icke’s lectures

As the son of Nashville royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings could easily have followed the prescribed route into country music. Instead, he headed to LA and formed rock’n’roll miscreants Stargunn, before embarking on an adventurous solo career that’s found room for metal, southern rock, outlaw country and, on this year’s Countach (For Giorgio), Moroder-like electronica. Timed to coincide with the US presidential election, Jennings is reissuing his 2010 album Black Ribbons (complete with vinyl, CD and unreleased tracks), a concept album about a totalitarian state in which free speech is forbidden, featuring horror author Stephen King as a freedom-fighting DJ. He explains all to Classic Rock


Why are you re-releasing Black Ribbons now?

I don’t really subscribe to any politics or believe in any of it, but now we’re in this situation where freedom of speech is getting drowned out and the media is filtering the left and right, wielding its power. It’s such a crazy time. The album did pretty good first time around, but it really didn’t have the reach. So I decided that we need to put this out on election day and make a statement with it. The message is: don’t let all the bullshit get you down. Don’t let these people distract you from what’s important – your family, love, local community.


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