- 05 Sep 18
Jennings Puts On His Shit Kickers, And Kicks Some Shit
Shooter Jennings has always made a point of swerving expectation. The son of proper country music royalty – Waylon and Jessi Colter – his first couple of albums rocked a lot more than they yee-hawed, and that’s before Black Ribbons which featured one Stephen King on spoken word, and then Countach (For Giorgio), his hat-tip to Italian boogie-man Giorgio Moroder. You don’t get much of that action down The Opry.
If you were in any doubt that this new record is as country as a booze up in Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, then a cursory glance at the titles should put you straight – ‘Do You Love Texas?’, ‘D.R.U.N.K.’, ‘Fast Horses & Good Hideouts’, etc., etc. He starts as he means to go on with ‘Bound Ta Git Down’, a horn-driven barroom honky-tonk which details Jennings’ philosophie de vivre, and any man who wants to “git down like a basset hound” is alright in my book.
There’s a few ballads amongst all the whoopin’ and hollerin’ too, ‘Living In A Minor Key’ and ‘Shades & Hues’ are suitably tinged with bitter-sweet regret. He then changes tack for the hard-working gal-having-a-night-out blues of ‘Denim & Diamonds’, which I sincerely hope is about the New York nightclub I had a high old time in more than once, back in the nineties.