Shooter Jennings Returns to Country Roots

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on September 26, 2012


What can you tell me about Shooter Jennings?
Annie Jackson, Little Rock, Ark.
Shooter, whose real name is Waylon Albright Jennings, 33, is a descendant of country royalty as the only child of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. 
After practically growing up on tour buses, he followed his father into the music business and has carved out a career for himself in country music and Southern Rock with his band Stargunn. 
In 2012, Shooter returned to his country roots with two self-produced albums, “Family Man” and “The Other Life.” He is one of the hosts of Ovation TV’s “Johnny Cash: Song by Song,” which debuts Oct. 7, a six-part documentary that will tell the story of Cash’s life through his songs and stories of his past. 
Shooter, who was the godson of the legendary singer, will share his memories. 
Shooter, whose favorite Cash song is “Man in Black,” recalls that “Cash was just always a really incredible, kind dude. I remember I went to his house one time—his son John Carter is a dear friend of mine—he used to tease me a lot as a kid. I remember they had this house in Hendersonville [Tenn.] And I remember meeting Davy Jones at his house. I liked the Monkees; I was like 6 or something. And he introduced me to Davy Jones. Cash was just like a big kid. He made little kids feel really good.” 
Shooter has a son and a daughter with former “Sopranos” actress Drea de Matteo.