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Shooter Jennings Unleashes The Wolf

Posted by amyclark on 08/18/2008

10/24/2007 Stephen L. Betts   Among the hot country albums released this week is The Wolf, the latest from Shooter Jennings. Shooter tells the Toledo Blade that the album’s title comes from his being considered an outsider. “It's the whole idea of me accepting who I am, why I'm different and why I'm not going to be like everyone else - musically, professionally, on every level. I feel like a wolf in a pack of dogs sometimes,” says Shooter. Shooter says that even as he has tried to make a name for himself in country music, with his previous albums he was quickly tagged as the son of two legendary country performers, his mother, Jessi Colter, and father, Waylon Jennings. "When reviews came out, people would try and pigeonhole me like I'm trying to be like my dad, and I'm not. That's not giving me a fair shot as an artist, but I can deal with it. The way I deal about it is by writing about it a lot," he says. While coming to terms with who he is and where he wants to go, Shooter says he’s embracing his differences, but finds common ground with every fan who buys his album or attends one of his live shows. “My life is just as hard as anyone else's,” he says, “but at the same time, there are so many positives going on in my life. My dad's dead, but I can put on one of his records or hear it in a bar somewhere. I'm the luckiest guy in the world. It's been a battle [with the industry], but it's setting up a good story if I do win.”