Derailed: Shooter Jennings & Hierophant – Black Ribbons

First off, I’m not recommending this album because it’s a great album.  I am recommending it because it’s so bizarre it’s worth a listen.  This is a progressive rock album from alt-country artist Shooter Jennings.  The only son of Waylon Jennings has released a 70 min concept album about ‘truth and waking up’ in a world where “They” are taking over.  It’s a 1984-type concept where the airwaves and everything else are being taken away from the people.  It’s a criquite of modern America.  It’s not something you would expect from Shooter…or any country artist for that matter.

Stephen King plays the part of Will O’ The Wisp, a DJ giving the last broadcast before everything goes to hell at midnight.  Yes, THAT Stephen King. Evidently he wrote all his own material for the album…and it plays out like one of his novels.

This album is all over the place and I think that’s why the critics are HATING it.  I have yet to see a positive review.  There are straight up country songs and there are songs that could be considered prog metal.  He uses Auto-Tune on some tracks and Fuck You (I’m Famous) could be considered rap.  All this with an opener straight off The Wall!

You can tell Pink Floyd was a huge influence here, but Shooter also cites NIN as an influence.  Well, whatever he was thinking, I can’t say I love it, but I don’t hate it.  It’s interesting to say the least.

The only reason I found this album is because Shooter is opening for Lucero this month and I wanted to see what his new material sounds like.  Now I’m looking forward to seeing how he resproduces Black Ribbons live.