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Albums Of The Week: Shooter Jennings & The Werewolves of Los Angeles | Do Zevon

The country-rock weirdo honours a kindred spirit and major influence, recreating more than a dozen of the dark-hearted troubadour's classics in this live recording.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Grammy winner Shooter Jennings celebrates the songs of the late, great Warren Zevon with the tellingly titled live album Shooter Jennings & The Werewolves of Los Angeles Do Zevon — a 2022 concert recording featuring a lovingly rendered slate of classics and favourites from throughout the dark-hearted L.A. troubadour’s lengthy career.

Jennings and The Werewolves — who include multi-instrumentalist Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale) alongside Jennings’ longtime drummer Jamie Douglass, bassist Ted Russell Kamp, and guitarist John Schreffler — made a memorable debut at 2022’s Rebels & Renegades Music Festival in Monterey, CA. The band next lit up the City of Angels with a Grammy Week gig at the world-famous Roxy Theatre in Hollywood.

“This last year, we had a blast doing two separate shows paying tribute to one of my favorite artists of all time, Los Angeles legend Warren Zevon,” says Jennings. “When Zevon was picked to be potentially inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame this year we, along with millions of Zevon fans, were hoping that he would finally get his due in the halls of rock ’n’ roll history. Unfortunately, Zevon didn’t make it in this year and won’t be honored on Nov. 4, 2023, in New York City at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Upon hearing this news, The Werewolves of Los Angeles gathered in our Wolfcave to discuss what we could do about it. We decided that even though Warren wasn’t going into the hall of fame, we could take a special trip up to New York City that weekend and do our own celebration of Warren’s bad-ass music.”

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards held earlier this year saw Jennings receive his second career Best Americana Album award, honoring for his work as co-producer with Dave Cobb on Brandi Carlile’s chart-topping In These Silent Days — Jennings’ second Grammy Award for his critically acclaimed work with Carlile and longtime collaborator Cobb, following 2018’s By The Way, I Forgive You, a landmark release which earned worldwide accolades and the 2019 Grammy in the same category. In 2020, Tanya Tucker’s While I’m Livin’ — co-produced by Jennings and Carlile — garnered the country legend her first-ever Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Song.

For nearly two decades, Jennings has defied expectations while constantly expanding the parameters of country, rock ’n’ roll and beyond. The scion of American music royalty, he has affirmed his own place in histories still to come as a truly limitless artist whose ambitious experimentation spans myriad genres and creative platforms — releasing eight solo LPs and countless EPs, founding his label and multimedia outlet Black Country Rock, hosting Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo on Sirius XM and creating BBS Door games.

Jennings honed his production skills helming sessions from such iconic artists as Jamey Johnson, Wanda Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus and his mom, Jessi Colter. Jennings has kept up the pace with an acclaimed assortment of further productions, including Jason Boland & The StragglersThe Light Saw Me, Hellbound Glory’s The Immortal Hellbound Glory: Nobody Knows You, Kelsey Waldon’s No Regular Dog and Avi Kaplan’s Floating On A Dream.”