7 Questions with Shooter Jennings / by Jason Hollis

1. What is your prime motivation to be unique?

I wouldn't say I have a motivation to be unique as much as I have a drive to explore every part of my creative makeup. I can only be honest in the way that I work, so image-conscienceness, pop-sensibility, etc don't really exist as working parts of my process.  As much as id like to stand out for this or for that, I truly believe in my heart, being real and honest musically creates uniqueness in the lack of fear to show your true self to the world.

2. Do you think there is a driving force that inspires you? 

For sure.  Its the same little thing inside of my brain that would cause me to run around and jump off the walls when I watched A-Team as a kid.  Its this feeling of excitement that I get about an idea, something like a bomb that goes off when I get an idea and realize its going to turn into a great album or song. My mind is constantly working overtime. If I sit somewhere with you for dinner, at least 3-4 times during the course of our meal, a little voice says "hey that would be a great idea for a song", or "that plate crashing sounded like a gong", I should try that, or "who is this person I'm at dinner with, should I say I need to use the restroom and sneak out or should I hang in here for the longrun and see if I can possibly pickpocket them on the way out" or "whose paying for dinner?"

3. Where do you see yourself six months from now?

Gettin' paid and gettin' laid!

4. Does your creative energy come from internal or external sources? Explain

My creative energy comes from many places. My fiance drea keeps me focussed, as well as comes up with fantastic ideas and inspirations for me. As well as my family and friends, so I have a lot of support and partners in crime for the creative tasks at hand. But as I said before, there is a real voice inside of me that will kick in every once in a while when it sniffs out a good idea. Then there's weed

5. How do you feel when others are critical about what you have created?

It all depends on where I'm at. On a good day, they can go fuck themselves, on a bad day I'm down in the dumps. If its someone close to me, ill always listen. If its the new yórk times, well I'm outta toilet paper. 

6. If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

Not a thing.  Except maybe that sex slave mixup in Bali in '04. But nobody knows that was me.

7. What would you most like to be remembered for?  

I hope that first and foremost people realize that I never did a single thing to get ahead. I never used anybody. I never sold myself out. Every single note I sang I believed in, and there was never, not once, a guy in shitty sunglasses telling me what to do. My music has been a pure pipeline to my heart, for better or for worse, and I will always fight for that!

Bonus: What does creativity mean to you?

It means not having to get a real job, yet.

Visit Shooter Jennings online at shooterjennings.com

Waylon Albright "ShooterJennings is an American singer-songwriter active in the outlaw country music and Southern rock genres.

7 Questions written by: Jason Hollis