Put the O Back in Countryby 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 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.
- Release Date:
- Universal South
Performance CreditsShooter 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 CreditsNeil 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 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.
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.
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.