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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shooter Jennings

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2019 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Shooter Jennings - What's In My Bag?

In our 600th What's In My Bag? episode, countrysinger-songwriter Shooter Jennings explored the laserdisc section at Amoeba Hollywood and picked up LPs by David Bowie, Hank Williams Jr., and Jaime Wyatt. "I went right for David Bowie," he told us. "I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie lately. Me and a friend of mine been working on something (and) we've just been plowing through Bowie. He's one of my favorites of all time."

The son of country music royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings grew up on tour buses, sometimes playing drums in Waylon's band. He began playing drums at age five, studied Shooter Jennings - Shooter - Amoeba Musicpiano at age eight, and took up the guitar at age fourteen. Shooter moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and started the rock band Stargunn. He signed to the label Universal South Records in 2005 for the release of his solo debut Put the "O" Back in Country. Album single "Fourth of July" peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. That same year, Shooter took on the role of his father in the Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash biopic Walk the Line.

Although recorded prior to his debut release, Electric Rodeo was released as Shooter's sophomore LP in 2006. The Wolf followed a year later and a compilation album, Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the .357's, was released in 2009. Soon afterward, Shooter embarked on Warped Tour in advance of his Black Ribbons album, a drastic departure in sound. He returned to his musical roots with his next couple of releases: the self-produced Family Man (2012) and The Other Life (2013). He founded the label Black Country Rock in 2013 and in 2014 released a George Jones tribute EP, Don't Wait Up (for George), and a Giorgio Moroder tribute LP, Countach (For Giorgio). In 2018, he released the eponymous Shooter LP. He has produced music for the likes of Wanda Jackson, Marilyn Manson, Brandi Carlile, Scott H. Biram, Billy Ray Cyrus, and his mother, Jessi Colter.

Jennings collects laserdiscs and always makes a point to explore that section when he visits Amoeba Hollywood. Of course, our What's In My Bag? episode was no exception! His wife and kids factored into his laserdisc choices, as he picked up some '90s classics including Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveThe Sandlot, and Toy Story

When Jennings beelined for the David Bowie section, he found a repress of Bowie's third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World, with its original U.S. cover, a markedly different illustration than the more famous British cover.  "I have a record label we started called BCR, or Black Country Rock which is named after a song on this record," Jennings explained, "but I had never seen this wacky version of the record." 

He couldn't pass up Mondo's special release of The Big Lebowski soundtrack, which is one of his favorite movies. "My wife pointed this out to me as we were walking past it," he said. Jennings noted a few highlights from the soundtrack, including the great Bob Dylan track "The Man In Me," as well as a version of "Hotel California" by the Gipsy Kings and "Dead Flowers" by Townes Van Zandt.

Jennings also spoke very highly of Los Angeles country singer Jaime Wyatt, who he says "embodies the west coast country thing so well." Her latest album, Felony Blues, was released in January 2019 and draws from her own experiences in jail and with addiction.

Watch the video below to see the rest of Shooter's picks.

Shooter Jennings - What's In My Bag?
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