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Shooter Jennings biography

Date of birth : 1979-05-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-02-14
Credited as : Country music singer, songwriter,

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Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings is an American singer-songwriter formerly active in the country music and Southern rock genres before switching to psychedelic rock in 2009. The only child of country singers Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Jennings signed his first recording contract, with Universal South Records, in 2005, releasing his debut album Put the "O" Back in Country that year.

The only child of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, "Shooter" Jennings (who officially shares his father's first name) lived his first few years in a crib on his parents' tour bus. By age 5, he was playing drums. Between tours, back in Nashville, he took piano lessons, didn't like them, stopped, then started teaching himself and enjoying it more. He picked up his guitar at 14 and hasn't put it down since. He and his father recorded a few things together when they happened to have some microphones set up and the tape recorder plugged in.

Then at 16, he discovered rock 'n' roll. Driven by a sound he heard coming together in his head -- something like Lynyrd Skynyrd mutating into Guns N' Roses -- Jennings left Nashville a couple of years later to seek his fortunes in L.A. There, he assembled a band and named it Stargunn. For six or seven years they tore up the local clubs, built a rabid following and earned praise from the local music press. But the Hollywood party scene eventually began to bother him. He says, "I was posing as a rocker -- a country guy trying to be something he wasn't." On March 30, 2003, he dissolved Stargunn and moved to New York City to spend time with his girlfriend and sort out what he wanted to do next. An unexpected gig at the House of Blues a few weeks later revived his creativity. He returned to L.A. to form another band, the 357s. After six weeks in the studio, he completed his first solo album, Put the O Back in Country. Universal South released it in early 2005. With guest vocals from George Jones, Jennings' "4th of July" reached the mid-level of the country airplay charts. Jennings portrayed his father in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. In 2006, he issued the studio album, Electric Rodeo, as well as Live From Irving Plaza.

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