I had the chance to catch up with Shooter Jennings at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. for his tour with Jason Boland. When I walked into the venue I knew I was in for a treat when I saw two acoustic guitars with awesome lighting setting the stage. There is nothing better than two singer songwriters who just go at it on the acoustic guitar and spill their lyrical magic. I truly recommend catching this tour at one of their next stops! Thank you Shooter for being awesome and taking the time to talk to us.
B Chord: I love the theme for this tour. How did you and Jason Boland set this tour up?
Shooter Jennings: Well man, I’ve known Jason for a long time and I’ve co-produced his record “Dark and Dirty Mile” a while back and recently in the last couple of years I went and got myself a new booking agent which has been his booking agent for a long time. That’s how this kind of came about. Once we were in there together we started talking about doing this and that and it just got cooked up. We had so much fun doing it that we decided to do it again this year.
B Chord: Give us a little background about the album “Countach” that you released. Being a kid who grew up on 90’s country music and video games, I am in my glory with this one!
Shooter Jennings: I was doing a record that was a tribute to George Jones and at the same time I was flipping out over Georgio so it was like a George and Georgio thing. That’s how it started, but once I delved into Georgio I realized that I went all the way down the rabbit hole with it. It was really weird because I realized how much Georgio’s music had impacted me through movies over the years and it was kind of like a tribute to my childhood.
B Chord: So I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you are the son of the amazing Waylon Jennings. Can you give us one of your best memories growing up with your father?
Shooter Jennings: I have a lot of good memories with him. I remember we used to do these projects together. We built an arcade cabinet together to put my Nintendo in and he got real frustrated while he was building it. He was just a cool Dad. We were both into the same things. He would play me Dire Straits records and I would play him Nine Inch Nails. It was a great relationship and I saw him different than most.
B Chord: One other related question…In the Highwaymen song, “Backstage At A Willie Nelson Show“, Johnny Cash sings a line about Waylon taking a call from Shooter. Was that true and do you remember the call? Ha!
Shooter Jennings: I remember hearing it later, but I have no idea what it was. I wish I knew.
B Chord: So with the holidays coming up on us, what is one thing you are looking forward to the most?
Shooter Jennings: I love Christmas. I have two kids and I wish it would never stop. I could listen to the music all year long.
B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?
Shooter Jennings: I would bring a piano. No particular one I just really love the piano.
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Photo Credit Top Picture: Billboard / Others: B Chord