Shooter Jennings Band performs free Vail show July 25 |

Shooter Jennings Band performs free Vail show July 25

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Shooter Jennings, son of country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, performs at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on July 25. The Hot Summer Nights free concert series wraps up Aug. 22.
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If you go …

What: Shooter Jennings Band performs at the Hot Summer Nights free concert series.

When: Tuesday, July 25. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Next up in the series is Jojo (of Widespread Panic) performing Aug. 15. Visit

Hot Summer Nights Schedule

Concerts take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater through August. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

July 25: Shooter Jennings Band

Aug. 15: JoJo’s Slim Wednesday

Aug. 22: Super Diamond


The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at Ford Park in Vail. Concert attendees are asked to park at the main Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead parking structure.

Free town of Vail shuttles run past Golden Peak from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a drop off at the soccer field near the Ford Amphitheater. Additionally, a special Village-to-Village express bus runs from 4 to 9:30 p.m. with stops at the east entrance of the Lionshead parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.

Once in Ford Park, golf cart shuttle service is available. Once inside the concert venue (a non-smoking venue), picnics with commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the amphitheater.

VAIL — Shooter Jennings performs music that leaves a grin on the faces of country and rock fans alike. And with his latest release, even electronic music fans likely have a new appreciation for him.

Jennings brings his brand of rocking outlaw country music to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on July 25 for a free Hot Summer Nights concert.

Son of musicians

Even if you aren’t familiar with his work, it’s likely you know his parents, country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.

Coming of age in his parent’s tour bus no doubt colored Shooter’s life. Shooter — who was nicknamed such after a little boy at church, though his dad told everyone it was because he peed on the nurse when he was born — showed his musical aptitude at a young age. He began playing the drums at age 5 and taking piano lessons when he was 8. By age 14, he was playing the guitar and from time to time would play percussion in his dad’s band.

It’s not surprising then that Shooter names his father, along with greats like Hank Williams Jr., Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, as influences.

“I definitely would say that my dad had the biggest influence on me as an artist,” Shooter told

Crossing genres

Starting with his debut solo record, 2005’s “Put the O Back in Country,” Shooter has released eight studio albums, two live records and produced and released a slew of other projects through his record label, Black Country Rock.

The disparity among the albums makes one thing clear: Shooter isn’t about to stay put in a genre box. His latest album, “Countach (For Giorgio)” came in at No. 7 on the U.S. Dance/Electronic charts when it dropped in 2016. It pays homage to electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder and includes songs with artists ranging from Marilyn Manson to Brandi Carlile (Carlile sings “The Neverending Story” for all you ’80s kids out there).

In 2010, Jennings released “Black Ribbons,” a psychedelic-country rock concept album that seemed a bit of a departure for him at the time; the election gave it an air of prophecy.

“When I was [making the record], people were like, ‘It’s a conspiracy theorist album,’” Jennings told Rolling Stone. “But now, it’s not that conspiracy theorist. It seems very normal.”

No Rules

The song “Wake Up!” warns “they’ll try to turn me against you — so, divided, we’ll turn to them.”

He re-released a special Ultimate Edition of “Black Ribbons” on Election Day, calling the election “the biggest reality show” in that same Rolling Stone piece.

One thing Shooter makes clear time and time again, like his father, he doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules when it comes to his music.

“While some stay in the safe place of their genres, Jennings continues to place himself where he wants to be, and creates exactly what he feels is needed for the time. Music,” reads his latest bio.

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