MUSIC REVIEW: Shooter Jennings The Other Live
By M. Alberto Rivera // November 17, 2014
mix of rock, country, blues, psychedelia
ABOVE VIDEO: Shooter Jennings’ official music video for his song, Outlaw You. With some rock, country, blues, pastiched with psychedelia and even some grunge he’s not merely cruising on auto-pilot of his families name and reputation.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Shooter Jennings, who has been just as ignored by country music radio as his famous daddy was, decided to get on with a music career anyway and wear the tread off of some tires, and earn himself an audience the old fashioned way.
This is his second live release and there is very little about this disc which seems calculated or commercial. With some rock, country, blues, pastiched with psychedelia and even some grunge he’s not merely cruising on auto-pilot of his families name and reputation.
He culls songs from his six studio albums, and a few choice covers as well, most interestingly, an extended workout of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” The band attacks the piece with a free jazz sense of abandon, with squalling guitars and thrashing drums that comes apart before putting itself back together.
“Mama, It’s Just My Medicine,” is a tongue in cheek reflection on self-medication, and “Old Friend,” is a bit of Americana, reminiscent of daddy Waylon. As is the decision to include “Isis,” by Bob Dylan. When Waylon came to Nashville, he was considered to be Country music’s answer to Dylan.
The Other Live is testament to Shooter Jennings and a live band who’ve been working it double time for a long time, undaunted by what lies ahead.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. Alberto Rivera has attended over 1,000 shows. He is in the possession of an absurd musical collection dating back 1923.
He has performed close to 1,000 shows or so, in a variety of styles from punk and pop, to jam bands and contemporary christian, as well as some others not easily defined.
So if you think he’s naive or uninformed when it comes to his musical opinions, you’re probably right. And he wants you to go ahead and tell him he has no idea what he’s talking about.
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