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    Default Shooter Jennings - The Other Life

    online listen
    a few rockers thrown in among some country
    a couple I liked, including the clip
    which features the lovely Patti Griffin
    five others sucked
    1.4 for me and a converted 2.4 from allmusic

    his site

    from the album - Wild And Lonesome

    released Mar 12th, 2013

    Bio - from allmusic

    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 to L.A., where he assembled a rock band called Stargunn.
    Stargunn earned a strong local reputation for its live shows, and enjoyed a six- or seven-year
    run on the L.A. circuit before Jennings rediscovered his outlaw country roots and dissolved the

    After a short stay in New York, where Jennings assembled material for a country project, he
    returned to L.A. and put together a second band -- this time with solid country roots -- which
    he named the .357s. Jennings and the band holed up in the studio, eventually emerging with a
    rambunctious country album called Put the O Back in Country, which was released in 2005 on
    Universal South Records. Following in his father's footsteps, but with his own feisty, scrappy
    sense of country, Jennings placed himself in a fine position to both explore that legacy and
    carve out his own. A second album, Electric Rodeo (which was actually recorded before Put the O
    Back in Country), appeared in 2006, followed by a live set, Live at Irving Plaza, later in the
    year. Jennings' third solo effort, The Wolf, was released in October 2007, featuring a cover of
    Dire Straits' "Walk of Life" (whose composer, Mark Knopfler, had been a longtime family
    friend). A month later, Jennings became a father. His girlfriend, actress Drea De Matteo, gave
    birth to Alabama Gypsy Rose in November. He proposed to De Matteo in 2009 on-stage in Utica,
    New York. He renamed his backing band Hierophant for his fourth studio album, Black Ribbons, a
    concept record produced by Dave Cobb. It appeared early in 2010. Later in the year, the album
    was re-released in a special edition entitled Black Ribbons: The Living Album. The second
    version was sold on a USB flash drive in the shape of a tarot card. It featured the studio
    record and live performances by Hierophant. In early 2011, Jennings and blogger Adam Sheets
    came up with the idea of creating XXX, a new radio format that would focus on insurgent
    country, rock, and hybrids of both, from new and established artists, that fell far outside the
    narrow conceits of mainstream radio and were thus ignored. It gained traction and a channel on
    Sirius/XM where both men served as program hosts. Jennings also moved to New York City with De
    Matteo. He and pianist Erik Deutsch formed a new band, called the Triple Crown, and he became a
    father for the second time to Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings, in April. In urgent fashion,
    Jennings and the Triple Crown began recording; they released the video/download-only single
    "Outlaw You," his screed against the country music establishment. It reached the top spot on
    CMT's daily audience request competition and stayed there until a dispute with his former label
    dictated it be removed. The first official single from the forthcoming album, "The Deed and the
    Dollar," again reached the top spot in the daily CMT request competition. Jennings' fifth
    album, Family Man, followed soon after in March of 2012 -- minus "Outlaw You." His next album,
    The Other Life, was released a year later on his own Black Country Rock label; it featured a
    guest appearances from Patty Griffin, Scott H. Biram, and Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Shooter Jennings has always demanded to be taken on his own terms. If 2012's Family Man was his
    most "country" album, The Other Life is its companion and mirror, not its follow-up. Six of
    these tracks were cut at the earlier album's sessions, including the firebrand "Outlaw You,"
    the tune for the music video that was a musical middle finger to Eric Church and Jason Aldean
    (which has curiously gone unanswered). The Other Life is wilder, darker, rowdier, and more
    diverse than its predecessor. The brooding opener "Flying Saucer Song," a piano- and effects-
    driven number, is eventually transformed into a spaced-out, gospel-tinged song about space
    (outer and inner). It throws the listener for a loop, but resolutely belongs -- but only as the
    first cut. The set contains gorgeous country ballads such as "Wild and Lonesome" (with Patty
    Griffin on backing vocals) and the title track. There are fine, midtempo honky tonkers
    including "The Outsider" and the pedal steel- and banjo-saturated "The Low Road." There are
    steamy, electric, country-kissed, blues-rock numbers such as "A Hard Lesson to Learn," and the
    rock & roll boogie of "Mama It's Just My Medicine." There's a shuffling, snarling, futuristic,
    midtempo Americana tune in "15 Million Light Years Away," with reverb-drenched production that
    features a weathered (not weary) Jim Dandy -- from Black Oak Arkansas -- as a duet partner. The
    first single is a wooly, rowdy reading of Steve Young's "White Trash Song," with Scott H. Biram
    guesting. Young, an underground legend, authored the outlaw anthem "Lonesome Orn'ry & Mean," a
    signature tune for Jennings' dad. This reading of the 1971 tune contains skittering rockabilly
    drums, pumping upright bass, wailing pedal steel, hyper-acoustic guitars, piercing fiddles, and
    an additional verse. (Neither Jennings nor Biram took a co-write for it; something unheard of
    in Music City.) It underscores the iconoclastic legacy bequeathed to Jennings by his free-
    spirited parents. But more than that, the song is a celebration of all that doesn't fit --
    anywhere. It's an apt self-referential metaphor. Album-closer "The Gunslinger" is Jennings' own
    anthem, drenched in country, rock, R&B, and even jazz, courtesy of the improvisational
    interplay between Jonathan Stewart's tenor saxophone, guitars, keyboards, and the rhythm
    section. Its lyric is a militant gauntlet directed at those who would disrespect him, yet
    displays a camaraderie with outsider musicians of all stripes. Jennings truly came into his own
    on Family Man, but on The Other Life, he pushes the boundaries further, offering some of the
    finest songs he's written to date. He fully realizes here what he's been attempting all along.
    Box these sounds whichever way you want to, but they are all Shooter Jennings, and as music,
    The Other Life is all killer, no filler.

    Track Listing

    1. Flying Saucer Song
    2. A Hard Lesson to Learn
    3. The White Trash Song
    4. Wild and Lonesome
    5. Outlaw You
    6. The Other Life
    7. The Low Road
    8. Mama, Its Just My Medicine
    9. The Outsider
    10. 15 Million Light-Years Away
    11. The Gunslinger
    A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
    Will Rogers

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    not a bad song MH

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    Bought it. Love it!
    "God created man, Sam Colt made them equal."

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