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Put the O Back in Country

Put the O Back in Country

5.0 3
by Shooter Jennings
Put the "O" Back in Country is comparable to such watershed country-rock moments as the release of Steve Earle's Guitar Town in 1986 or Kris Kristofferson's emergence in 1969 -- that is to say, the writing is brutally honest and personal, colloquial and poetic all at once, and by turns


Put the "O" Back in Country is comparable to such watershed country-rock moments as the release of Steve Earle's Guitar Town in 1986 or Kris Kristofferson's emergence in 1969 -- that is to say, the writing is brutally honest and personal, colloquial and poetic all at once, and by turns humorous, self-deprecating, openhearted, and spiritually yearning. The music, played by a basic quartet (featuring organ) and fleshed out by pedal steel and fiddle, embraces Shooter's dad, Waylon's, definition of hard country and advances it into the rock-informed province of Springsteen and the E Streeters, early Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Earle & the Dukes, and even early Leon Russell. An overpowering, gospel-drenched distaff trio of singers (including mom Jessi Colter) underscores the pointed torching of L.A.'s mind- and soul-numbing culture in "Southern Comfort." The music rises to majestic rock 'n' roll fury on "4th of July," an ode to the road, and roars in homage to the spirit of Skynyrd in the snarling "Daddy's Farm." The mood turns inward and poignant on an unlisted bonus track, "My Song for You," with Jennings accompanying himself on piano; his voice is unadorned, gritty, and expressive, with a synth wash humming hymn-like behind him -- a bit of lacerating introspection suggestive a Jackson Browne classic on the order of "These Days." From this pastiche of styles and sensibilities, Shooter Jennings has fashioned a magnificent personal statement.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Shooter Jennings is the son of the late Waylon. This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that because of his pedigree people will take the opportunity to check him out. The curse is that the comparison factor is inevitable and unfair. And since birthright is unavoidable here, we'll get this out of the way straight up: this is modern-day outlaw country music. This is rockin' country music. The title track goes a little far in terms of stressing its point -- including getting George Jones to slur his way through some introductory words. The very next cut, "4th of July" contains the same kind of pumped-up guitar-slinging grittiness and glory that the original outlaws did. It's loud, and has a killer hook and near-chanted refrain. "Lonesome Blues" is pure Texas country -- drawling, slow, full of pain and pathos. And so it goes. Jennings can write songs. The best of them, like the aforementioned "4th of July" is a quintessential Southern rocker; the acoustic "Sweet Savannah" and electric "The Letter" are fine busted love ballads that tell full-on stories, dig deep into country archetypes, and have fine choruses and hooks that are timeless. "Southern Comfort" sounds like a dead cross between Lynyrd Skynyrd's more laid-back moments and an outtake from Chris Whitley's Living with the Law, and features a backing chorus of Mom Jessi Colter, Faith Evans, and Cece White! In Jennings' singing voice there is the trace of his father's grain, but in his music he is unruly and fiercely independent; that's a compliment more than a comparison. This is a fine debut album. It has a miss here and there, but it's got soul and grit, and displays its creator's wealth of talent. Recommended.

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Universal South

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shooter Jennings   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Piano (Grand)
George Jones   Background Vocals
Jessi Colter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Lawrence   Pedal Steel Guitar
Hank Williams   Background Vocals
Faith Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar
CeCe White   Vocals
Travis Parker   Fiddle
Bryan Keeling   Drums
Ted Russell Kamp   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Leroy Powell   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Harmonica,Strings,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer
David Cobb   Producer,Engineer
Mark Rains   Engineer
Shooter Jennings   Arranger,Composer,Art Direction
Ted Russell Kamp   Arranger,Composer
Leroy Powell   Arranger,Composer
Dave Cobb   Audio Production

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Put the O Back in Country 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Put the "O" back into country is the best country album that I have heard in years. Shooter had some major shoes to fill trying to follow the legacy of his father, the great Waylon Jennings, but Shooter pulled it off in spectacular form with this album. If you are considering buying this album stop thinking about it and just do it. With infectious tracks like "4th of July" and "Busted in Baylor County" this cd is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great and thats all that I really have to say. There is a lot of talk about having to fill Waylons shoes and I think Shooter does a great job. Busted in Baylor County is awesome and so is the track 4th of July. He really bring back the Outlaw type of country music that I grew up with. Overall its an awesome cd that is worth checking out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is amazing. Shooter combines the perfect blend of rock and country to create an album with a truely unique sound. Tracks like "4th of July" help make this album one you won't be able to stop listening to.