2x GRAMMY® Award winner The Jennings Shooter recently made history by hosting his first-ever all-star tribute to his legendary father, the late great Waylon Jennings. Held last month at Redondo Beach, CA’s BeachLife Ranch, “The Songs of Waylon Jennings” saw Jennings joined by a truly stellar list of close friends, family members and special guests for a unique festival performance in a lifetime featuring classic songs and fan favorites from the iconic outlaw country hero’s hugely influential work. Jennings – with support from Austin, Mike and the Texas Moonpies – led a cavalcade of stars spanning a wide range of genres and generations, including Lukas Nelson, Orville Peck, John Doe, Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett, The White Buffalo, Devon Allman, Hellbound Glory, James and the Shame, Gethen Jenkins, Strange Majick, Pearl and Jon Brennan, culminating in a very special three-song guest appearance from his mother, GRAMMY® Hall of Fame winner Jessi Colter.
“I’ve been part of a billion Waylon tribute-type things,” Jennings says, “always as a representative of it more than anything else. But, with this idea, (the BeachLife founder) Allen Sanford gave me the opportunity to turn around and give the people – who really cared about my dad – the opportunity to say thank you. It touched everyone on stage and off. BeachLife gave us the perfect setting to really see how much these people cared about my dad’s music.
Among the many celebratory highlights were Jennings and Lukas Nelson’s raucous rendition of their famous fathers’ chart-topper, the GRAMMY®-winning classic, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” as well as the Jennings and Colter concert. The final duet performance of Mickey Newbury’s plaintive “Why You Been Gone So Long”, recorded by Colter in 1970 and later featured on the landmark 1976 compilation, Wanted! Outlaws.
WATCH SHOOTER JENNINGS & LUKAS NELSON:
“MAMMAS DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS
(LIVE AT THE BEACHLIFE RANCH)”
WATCH SHOOTER JENNINGS & JESSI COLTER:
“WHY YOU’RE GONE SO LONG (LIVE AT THE BEACHLIFE RANCH)”
For nearly two decades, Shooter Jennings has defied expectations while constantly expanding the parameters of country, rock ‘n’ roll and beyond. The scion of American musical royalty, he has asserted his own place in the stories to come as a truly limitless artist whose ambitious experimentation spans a myriad of genres and creative platforms, from releasing eight solo albums, d countless EPs and the creation of his own label and multimedia media. , Black Country Rock, hosting his “Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo” on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel, and creating acclaimed BBS Door games (available through his own BCRGames.com).
Named a “Hot New Producer” in Rolling Stone’s 2020 “Hot List” issue, Jennings honed his production skills directing sessions for iconic artists such as Jamey Johnson, Wanda Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus and his mother, Jessi. Collect. In 2018, he teamed up with longtime collaborator Dave Cobb, winner of six GRAMMY® awards, to co-produce By The Way, Brandi Carlile’s critically acclaimed I Forgive You. The album proved to be a landmark release, winning worldwide accolades and the 2019 GRAMMY® Award for “Best American Album”. In 2020, Tanya Tucker’s While I’m Livin’ — co-produced by Jennings and Carlile — earned the country music legend his first-ever GRAMMY® awards for “Best Country Album” and “Best Country Song.” The following year saw the release of two new albums produced by the multi-talented Jennings, including Jason Boland & The Stragglers’ The Light Saw Me and chart-topping, three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Brandi Carlile In These Silent Days. .
Jennings kept up the pace in 2022 with an acclaimed assortment of other productions, including Hellbound Glory’s The Immortal Hellbound Glory: Nobody Knows You, Kelsey Waldon’s No Regular Dog and Avi Kaplan’s Floating on a Dream. Additionally, this year also saw the arrival of Sometimes Y, the first rock ‘n’ roll collaboration between Jennings and Southern rap superstar Yelawolf. Hailed by the American songwriter for his genre-defying approach that “ricochets around synth and ’80s pop with eclipses of metal, country and a golden one-track,” the Jennings-produced collection includes the standout singles, “Make Me a Believer” (hailed by Billboard as “a hard-hitting rocker reminiscent of open roads, leather jackets and Southern nights”) and “Rock & Roll Baby”, both joined by music videos official music streaming now on YouTube.