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Family Man (2012)

Artist: Shooter Jennings
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Format: CD
Sku: 228520147
UPC: 099923240921
UPC 14: 00099923240921
Release Date: 3/13/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Real Me, The ~ Shooter Jennings
2. Long Road Ahead, The - (featuring Tom Morello/Eleanor Whitmore) ~ Shooter Jennings
3. Deed & the Dollar, The ~ Shooter Jennings
4. Manifesto No. 4 ~ Shooter Jennings
5. Summer Dreams (Al's Song) ~ Shooter Jennings
6. Southern Family Anthem ~ Shooter Jennings
7. Daddy's Hands ~ Shooter Jennings
8. Black Dog, The ~ Shooter Jennings
9. Family Tree, The ~ Shooter Jennings
10. Born - (featuring Eleanor Whitmore) ~ Shooter Jennings

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Shooter Jennings (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jon Graboff (acoustic guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Chris Masterson (electric guitar, baritone guitar, background vocals); Eleanor Whitmore (tenor guitar, mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Erik Deutsch (piano, keyboards, background vocals); Tony Leone (drums, percussion); Jeff Hill (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Brandon Mason.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Dennis Cook .
Muze PNote Recording information: The Magic Shop, Soho, NY.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Keith Nelter.
Muze PNote Photographers: Bill Penny; Brian Steege; Jon Graboff.
Muze PNote Shooter Jennings' final album for Universal South, 2007's The Wolf, flirted more with neo-traditional country than any of his previous records did; it was almost schizophrenic, trying to balance his rock & roll side with his pedigree. After leaving the label, he formed Hierophant, a post-psych, near metal outfit which recorded the conceptual Black Ribbons, released independently to marginal acclaim. But Jennings' country roots ran too deep to remain there; it was a question of time before he returned in earnest. Ironically, after working so hard to establish himself as a hard-rocking, hell-raising outlaw worthy of his dad's pedigree, it's the country music on Family Man that really gives listeners a deep, wide, appreciation of who Jennings is as an artist. He moved to New York and it appears to have cleared his vision. He and pianist Erik Deutsch formed Triple Crown, the absolutely killer backing band on Family Man. They cut this album in a Soho studio; the end result is Jennings' most bona fide "country" record to date, though it contains many surprises. As evidenced by the radio and video success of the album's first single, "The Deed & the Dollar," a love song, it has commercial viability without the production excesses of contemporary country. Everything -- guitars, mandolins, pedal steel, fiddle, drums, piano, vocals -- sounds natural and uncompressed. The songwriting on Family Man is tighter than anything Jennings has offered us previously; it too is organic. "The Long Road Ahead" (with guitar help from Tom Morello, and mandolin and backing vocals from bandmember Eleanor Whitmore) is modern neo-trad country at its best. "The Southern Family Anthem," a hard rocking, rebellious, anthemic stomper (and a dead cross between Neil Young and Crazy Horse at their loudest and Lynyrd Skynyrd), is the album's exception, but it works better as rock & roll than anything his peers -- Kid Rock, Hank III, etc. -- have on offer. "Daddy's Hands" moves back the other way: it's a tender, bittersweet reminiscence of family that almost anybody can relate to. "The Black Dog" is Southern Gothic storytelling at its best, inspired by a short story set during the Civil War. Album-closer "Born Again" marries a sophisticated story line to an equally savvy melody. Whitmore's backing harmony vocal and fiddle playing add drama and texture. On Family Man, Shooter Jennings can assert his pedigree musically without having to mention it. It's obvious he's grown and matured as both a songwriter and a producer, and this is the finest moment in his catalog thus far. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Shooter Jennings

Engineer: Brandon Mason

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Tom Morello
Muze Guest Artist Eleanor Whitmore

Artist Overview

As the child of country legends Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings, Shooter Jennings might as well have been born on the sawdust floor of a honky tonk. After spending a few years in a little-known hard rock band, Shooter took up the family business and began releasing solid albums of guitar-heavy country in the tradition of his folks. Though Jennings is clearly in touch with country music's past, he is also very much a product of his own time. This gives his music a scruffy alternative vibe that aligns him with contemporaries such as Ryan Adams, Bobby Bare Jr., and the Drive-By Truckers. Jennings played his father in the 2006 film WALK THE LINE.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Out Of The Ashes
Muze Music Compilations Outlaw Country
Muze Music Compilations We Walk the Line-Celebration of Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Good Guys
Muze Music Compilations Rockin Legends Pay Tribute To Jack Wh
Muze Music Compilations Fabled City

Associated Artists and Works

Black Ribbons [Deluxe Version] [PA] [Digipak] ~ Hierophant

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/13/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : EOM-CD-2409
Music Label Name Label : Entertainment One Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00099923240921

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Jennings,Shooter
Product attributeLabel:   Koch Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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