Shooter Jennings Electric Rodeo

Being born the only son of Waylon Jennings leaves a man with a lot to live up to, especially when he elects to follow in his father’s auspicious musical footsteps. For Waylon Albright "Shooter” Jennings, however, that particular conundrum has been solved by combining the hard rock influences of his youth with the outlaw country that made his father a honky tonk hero. The title track of Jennings’ second album comes as advertised: an electrified slab of Southern boogie that effectively sets the tone for the rest of the record. Saloon rockin’ tales of hard living abound on Electric Rodeo, with "Some Rowdy Women” and "Hair of the Dog” in particular recalling classic Lynyrd Skynyrd with the kind of effortless veracity of which Kid Rock can only dream. "Gone to Carolina” is a rare misstep, bearing as it does an unfortunate resemblance to Bon Jovi’s faux-country epic "Wanted: Dead Or Alive.” Old school barnstormers such as "Little White Lines,” however, prove that Jennings Jr. has picked up more than a pointer or two from his old man (whom he memorably portrayed in Walk the Line) and that, just like his legendary father, Shooter Jennings is the real deal. (Universal South)