If Shooter Jennings is anything, he is true to himself. The son of Country Music Royalty, he is not bound by his pedigree. He is as diverse as that bar in Star Wars. Shooter spent his youth on a tour bus, surrounded by some of the the biggest names in the industry. These influences helped shape a unique musical vision. One of the first manifestations of this vision was 2001’s Stargunn, a rock band described as Skynard wrapped in Guns and Roses surrounded by The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies. Rumor has it that Shooter was asked to front Velvet Revolver, but decided instead to embark on a solo career. In 2005, he released Put The “O” Back In Country, which peaked at #22 on the Billboard Country Charts. Not just a singer/songwriter, Shooter played his dad Waylon in Walk The Line alongside Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix. Jennings cut 10 studio albums, 7 of them on his Black Country Rock Label. The albums highlight his range of influences; country, rock and even 70’s dance music. Shooter is a busy guy, dividing his time between touring, developing games and hosting “Shooter Jennings Electric Rodeo” on satellite radio. He brought his unique talents to the Turf Club Saturday night.
Opening for Jennings were Cordovas. The Nashville based band has a Midwest connection, with Des Moines’ own Lucca Soria on lead guitar. The best way I could describe their sound is Funky Country/Southern Rock Jam Band. Soria just smokes the fret board. Most remarkable are the soaring harmonies. These guys hit notes that would make Mariah Carey jealous. Multi talented bassist Joe Firstman also played the keyboards and six string. The highlight of their set was a 2 song tribute to the Grateful Dead, the traditional tune I Know You Rider into Truckin’.
Set List: Prairie – Needs – Talk – Rose – Porch – Ima – Blur – Hurricane – Love Jam – I Know You Rider > Truckin’Shooter Jennings and his band came on around 10 PM and took off like a rocket with Electric Rodeo. The barrage of rock infused songs continued, with acoustic tunes sprinkled in for good measure. Shooter seamlessly switched between the key boards, electric and acoustic guitars. The devoted masses in attendance seemed to know every word, even singing along to the Ramones song She Talks To Rainbows. It seemed clear that this was not the first rodeo for most in attendance. The band was tight, with lots of rock star moves and high energy. Some of the highlights were I’m Left, Your Right, She’s Gone, Gunslinger and Good Time. Jennings has a natural stage presence, and this comfortable demeanor seems to draw on his connection with the fans. His authentic lyrics and straightforward delivery made for a memorable night of Outlaw Country.
Set List: Electric Rodeo – Steady At The Wheel – Don’t Feed The Animals – Triskaidekaphobia –The Real Me – Outlaw You – Wild and Lonesome – She Talks to Rainbows – Nashville From Afar – I’m Left, Your Right, She’s Gone – Born To Die – The Door – The Other Life – Manifesto 1 – All Of This Could Have Been Yours – Summer Of Rage – Gunslinger – Fourth – Good Time