Just a quick little note because I would like everyone to check out Shooter Jennings's super performance of "The Real Me" on The Late Show With David Letterman last night:
I think he knocked it out of the park. He and the band sounded great! THIS is why I love music. It makes me feel something, want to sing along...pump my fist. Awesome job, guys!
I also have to share this interview with Shooter from one of the blogs I follow, Farce the Music. It's pretty dang funny (language kids...there's some language.)
Banter is hilarious. I recommend reading it.
But if you're a lazy butt, this is why I happen to be obsessed with Shooter today:
FTM: Speaking of outlaws, just what the heck is XXX music? Are you that big into porn?Shooter: Only the kind that you can get at ammo stores. But seriously, the website we set up last year GiveMeMyXXX.com was originally a petition to try and get folks to pay attention to what I felt was a very big and very unfair gap in modern music. This contingent of artists don't fit into Nashville or Red Dirt circles really, and they're too hard edged for Country radio, and they're too Country for Rock radio. I always felt I fell in that gap, and artists like Hank 3 did as well. But that gap has grown considerably, and I wanted to create a resource page for people to hear, read about and find more of these bands. Then we started releasing compilations which I think really got people into a lot of artists they'd never heard before. By the end of it all, I felt pretty proud of the work we did last year. Now we're trying to create some more active resources to help people find music, as well as playing shows and working in the studio with them. I just think there's a tidal change about to come with Country. I think we're gonna start seeing more and more of these bands get closer and closer to the mainstream until it cracks. Most people I know love Scott H. Biram and Hellbound Glory. It's like the new rock and roll in a way too. So to answer your question, the XXX moniker isn't something that we're trying to force on anyone, it was just a way of categorizing it… but at the end of the day I think we got some people's attention.
If you don't know what XXX is, you can click on the link.
I think it's SO great that Jennings is fighting for what is--in my opinion--some of the best, best music out there.