The authoritative writing and playing on Shooter Jennings's debut, Put the "O" Back in Country, brooked valid comparisons to Steve Earle's noted first album, Guitar Town. No one, however, will confuse the second disc from Waylon's son with Earle's sophomore effort, Exit 0. For several cuts on Electric Rodeo -- which sounds more like his dad's This Time crossed with Exile-era Stones -- Shooter has adopted a low, rumbling baritone that's a dead ringer for Waylon. Particularly on a song such as the roiling "Some Rowdy Women," it's eerie to the point of being diabolical. For another thing, Shooter has supplanted the twang with pile-driving hard-rock chording out of the Jimmy Page/early Zep school (with an occasional nod to Hendrix, as in the psychedelic flutters exploding out of the title track), often buttressed by drums thundering across the soundscape. Jennings makes more than a few references to his famous father, and even more to the raptures induced by herb and alcohol (and cocaine, in the white-hot rumble-and stop-time sniffles of "Little White Lines"), plus a worrisome degree of pride in the unabashed hosannas to excess. If Shooter's feeling like he's shadowed by ghosts, he couldn't have driven the point home more dramatically than he does in the lone cover song here. His deep honky-tonk rendition of Hank Williams Jr.'s "(The) Living Proof" evolves from a howling plea for deliverance from genetic fate into a high-stepping, horn-driven workout at the fade -- surely a purposely ambiguous ending to an album that rocks with righteous fury and is so over the top in its effervescent debauchery that it begs his daddy's question, "Don't you think this outlaw bit's done got out of hand?"
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More than 1 year ago
This album was a refreshing break from the pop-induced country music they put out nowadays and label it as country. Shooter has no intentions of putting out music that is market pleasing, but in-your-face music that is straight outlaw. If your looking for an album that you will listen straight through, pick yourself a copy of Electric Rodeo today. You won't be let down. It's part Waylon but more Shooter's own unique style.
More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed listening to Shooter’s album “Electric Rodeo”. It brought back a style and sound which is hard to find these days. Every song had a great melody and hook. His father is the famous Waylon Jennings and I grew up listening to Waylon through my parents. It’s rare to find a CD in which you like every track and don’t just skip through half the songs. My favorite songs are "Electric Rodeo" and "Some Rowdy Women". In the mornings I usually put it on to start out my day. Electric Rodeo is definitely on my top ten of favorite CDs.