Three-time Grammy winner Shooter Jennings celebrates the great Warren Zevon with his new live album, Shooter Jennings & The Werewolves Of Los Angeles Do Zevon.
Shooter Jennings, backed by an all-star collective dubbed the Werewolves of Los Angeles, brought the house down with their cover of the Warren Zevon classic, "Lawyers, Guns and Money" at the 2022 Rebels & Renegades Music Festival in Monterey, California. The band, featuring multi-instrumentalist Brian Whelan, drummer Jamie Douglass, bassist Ted Russell Kamp, and guitarist John Schreffler, soon brought their tribute to Zevon to the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.
Jennings explained that the band's tribute to late singer-songwriter was a response to the disappointment of Zevon's not being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite the hopes of many fans. The Werewolves of Los Angeles decided to organize their own celebration of Zevon's music in New York City during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony weekend.
Jennings, known for his eclectic musical endeavors, has been a trailblazer for almost two decades, pushing the boundaries of country and rock 'n' roll. He has released multiple solo albums, founded Black Country Rock as a label and multimedia platform, hosted a show on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel, and created popular BBS Door games. He has also produced music for various artists, including Jamey Johnson, Wanda Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, and his mother, Jessi Colter. His extensive production work includes albums for Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Hellbound Glory, Kelsey Waldon, and Avi Kaplan. Jennings was even recognized as a "Hot New Producer" in Rolling Stone's 2020 "Hot List" issue.
Said Jennings about the Zevon project, “I just wanted to challenge myself. I’ve been touring and playing piano with Brandie Carlile for two years in her band,” Jennings explained in conversation with Rolling Stone. “And I’d really like to woodshed at the piano so much more. I’d been teaching myself a lot, so that’ll make this fun and exciting…” He added, “With Zevon, I didn’t realize until I learned all these songs we were rehearsing, was how similar his vocal range and his style logically, the keys he’s choosing, is very much a lot like myself. There’s a lot of overlaps with my own life [and his],” he continued. “And I just have such an admiration for the simplicity of his songwriting. The chords and things, it’s all very simple, but it’s so artistic and biting. Lyrically, he can chop a whole forest down with one word – it’s amazing.”