The writing has been on the wall for a while, but over the weekend Shooter Jennings made it official: he’s stepping away from touring as a solo performer indefinitely to focus more on the production side of music where his career has been focused more and more over the last few years.
“During the last three years I have had the great opportunity to begin a second chapter in my musical life as a full-time music producer,” Shooter said in a statement. “This has brought a creative joy to my life that I’ve strived to reach since I was a young man and I really never knew was out there waiting for me. Working with other artists in collaboration to bring their visions to fruition has given me a whole other level of creative satisfaction.”
Shooter was scheduled to tour Europe in 2020 before the pandemic hit, and has been postponing the tour ever since. As part of his announcement, he told his fans he will be canceling the tour entirely, and aside from making an appearance on March 20th at The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee as part of the Bluegrass Underground series, he’s pausing making public appearances indefinitely.
“We’ll make it a special retrospective show that covers all of the music we’ve put out there to date. So you can say it’ll be a really special event!” Shooter says. “I’ll also be doing some touring with Brandi Carlile this year and possibly some of the other artists I’ve been working with, so hopefully I’ll see you guys out on the road for those special engagements … This doesn’t mean I won’t ever tour again as ‘Shooter’ but it means I’m taking an indefinite break to focus on the other projects I’ve become so invested in.”
One of those investments was signing on with the Concord Label Group as a staff producer in December of 2020. Shooter has produced albums from Brandi Carlile, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, American Aquarium, Hellbound Glory, Jaime Wyatt, Tanya Tucker, and more over the last few years, and has been nominated and won Grammy Awards for some of the efforts.
“I hate to disappoint anyone with this news. I have loved seeing your faces at every show we’ve played, but at this moment it is time for me to remain home and continue to create the best records I can alongside some of the best artists in the world,” Shooter says.
Jennings also says he intends to focus on his Electric Rodeo show on SiriusXM and other endeavors. He will also be releasing a rock album via a collaborative project with Yelawolf called Sometimes Y on March 11th.