Sometimes things happen when they’re supposed to happen. Case in point: Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings’ new collaborative band and album Sometimes Y.
The roots-rocker (who is the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter) and the southern rapper (whose mother’s partners toured with Randy Travis and Alabama) have known each other for nearly 15 years — and have moved in the same Nashville circles since childhood — but it took them until 2020 to finally get into the studio together. The results are more than worth the wait: Sometimes Y is a blast of classic ’80s-inspired arena-rock — a long-lost artifact from a world where Night Ranger, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, David Bowie, Funkadelic and Ram Jam made an album together. And if you talk to Yela and Shooter — as I did recently — it was apparently meant to be. And just as exciting to make as it is to hear. With the album getting some great reviews, the dynamic duo joined me in the Zoom room to chat about collaborations, taking their act on the road and how long they’re going to make us wait for a sequel. Enjoy.