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Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings live at the San Diego Street Scene Festival
Background information
Birth name Waylon Albright Jennings jr.
Born May 19, 1979 (1979-05-19) (age 30)
Genres Outlaw country, Alternative country, Country rock, Southern rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Electric guitar
Acoustic guitar
Hammond organ
Years active 2005-present
Labels Universal South
Associated acts Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Stargunn, Tom Morello

Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings (born May 19, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter formerly active in the country music and Southern rock genres before switching to hard rock in 2009. The only child of country singers Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Jennings signed his first recording contract, with Universal South Records, in 2005, releasing his debut album Put the "O" Back in Country that year. This album produced his only entry on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in its lead-off single "Fourth of July", which peaked at #26. Jennings has since followed Put the "O" Back in Country with three more albums: Electric Rodeo, Live at Irving Plaza 4.18.06 (both 2006), and The Wolf (2007). In 2009, he formed a new band Hierophant and toured with them on the Warped Tour. They will release their debut album Black Ribbons in 2010.



Shooter Jennings lived his first few years in a crib on his parents' tour bus. By age five, he was playing drums. Between tours, he took piano lessons. He started playing guitar at fourteen and sometimes played in his father's band. He and his father recorded a few things together when they happened to have some microphones set up and the tape recorder plugged in. At age sixteen, Jennings discovered rock music. Shooter graduated from University School of Nashville in 1997.

As an adult, Jennings left Nashville, Tennessee to seek his fortunes in Los Angeles. He assembled and performed with Stargunn, a southern rock band whose sound he described as Lynyrd Skynyrd mutating into Guns N' Roses. Stargunn performed at local clubs for six years, built an avid following, and earned praise from the local music press.

On March 30, 2003, Jennings dissolved Stargunn and moved to New York City to spend time with his girlfriend and sort out what he wanted to do next. An unexpected gig at the House of Blues a few weeks later revived his creativity. He returned to Los Angeles to form another band, the .357s. The .357s originally consisted of Bryan Keeling on drums, Ted Russell Kamp on bass and Leroy Powell on guitar (although Powell was let go in 2007). The quartet recorded their first album "Put The O Back in C untry" with Dave Cobb producing in 2004 and it was released in 2005.

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 2009 Jennings formed Hierophant with Bobby Emmett on keyboards, John "The Gov'ner" Schreffler Jr. on lead guitar, with Ted Russell Kamp and Bryan Keeling holding down the rhythm section. Hierophant's first album, Black Ribbons, was released March 2, 2010.[2]

Personal life

He is engaged to Drea de Matteo, with whom he had a baby girl, Alabama Gypsy Rose, on November 28, 2007.[3]



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat US Indie US Rock
2005 Put the "O" Back in Country 22 124 1
2006 Electric Rodeo
  • Release date: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Universal South Records
12 64
2007 The Wolf
  • Release date: October 23, 2007
  • Label: Universal South Records
12 52
2010 Black Ribbons
  • Release date: March 2, 2010
  • Label: Black Country Rock
133 16 34
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Compilation albums

Year Album details US Country
2009 Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the .357's
  • Released: March 24, 2009
  • Label: Universal South Records

Live albums

Year Album details US Country
2006 Live at Irving Plaza 4.18.06
  • Released: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Universal South Records


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2005 "4th of July" (with George Jones) 26 Put the "O" Back in Country
"Steady at the Wheel"
2006 "Gone to Carolina" Electric Rodeo
"Some Rowdy Women"
2007 "It Ain't Easy"
"Walk of Life" The Wolf
2008 "This Ol' Wheel"
2009 "Wake Up!" Black Ribbons
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances

Year Album Artist Song Label
2003 I've Always Been Crazy A Tribute to Waylon Jennings Stargunn "I've Always Been Crazy" RCA
2004 Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ Jessi Colter "Please Carry Me Home" Universal South
2005 Walk the Line (soundtrack) various "I'm a Long Way From Home" Wind-Up Records
2006 The Pilgrim A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson various "The Silver Tongued Devil & I" American Roots
2007 The Chain Deana Carter "Good Hearted Woman" Vanguard
2008 The Fabled City The Nightwatchman "The Iron Wheel" Epic
2009 Hard Luck Stories Ike Reilly "The War on the Terror and the Drugs" Rock Ridge

Music videos

Year Video Director
2005 "4th of July" Roger Pistole
"Steady at the Wheel" James Minchin
2006 "Gone to Carolina" Dean Karr
2007 "It Ain't Easy"
"Walk of Life" Deaton-Flanigen


Year Title Role
2005 Walk the Line Waylon Jennings
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Himself


  1. ^ Put the "O" Back in Country [CD liner notes]. Universal South Records, 2005
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ Planet Gossip - Breaking! Drea's Big Baby News

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