"The Other Life" isn't just Waylon "Shooter" Jennings's new album. It's a movie, too.
And it's the way the son of country greats Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter hopes to pursue all of his projects in the future.
"Y'know, we didn't know we were going to do this ('The Other Side') movie until we were halfway done with the album," says Jennings, 33, who worked on the film with director Blake Judd. "Now, knowing what we want and what we were able to pull off with a certain amount of money and having a team in place to do it, I'd really like to go into something with that idea from the ground floor.
"I would like to approach most records like that, really, just encompass all media and make it richer. It's a lot of work, but it's very rewarding."
The Los Angeles-based Jennings describes "The Other Life" film -- which won an award at Cincinnati's HorrorHound Film Festival -- as "six music videos strung into one long thing," an idea that was inspired by the nine inch nails' "Broken" short film he bought as a teenager. So far the individual pieces are being rolled out one at a time and the entire film is being screened at his shows, but Jennings says he may wait before releasing the project commercially.
"I want to hold onto it as long as we can," explains Jennings, who recorded songs with Patty Griffin and Black Oak Arkansas' Jim Dandy Mangrum for "the Other Life." "I just love the idea of letting people see it but not letting them take it home. It's like in the old days when you'd see a movie in a theater and you'd have to go home and plain to your friends what, like, '2001: A Space Odyssey' was about.
"I'm trying to maintain that kind of vibe around it. It's a really cool piece and I'm very proud of it, so I want to keep it as special as I can."
Shooter Jennings, Doop & the Inside Outlaws and Jo Caine perform Sunday, May 17, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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