When Shooter Jennings released his debut album Put the “O” Back in Country in 2005, one song instantly became a fan favorite: the rollicking tent-revival “Manifesto No. 1.” With its lyrical kiss-off to a lover who left him high and dry, and a less than subtle chorus, the track captures the irreverent and often rebellious spirit of Shooter, the only child of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
A dozen years since its release, “Manifesto No. 1” remains a staple of Shooter’s live shows, including on his current – and final – run with members of his father’s famous backing band, the Waylors. Now dubbed Waymore’s Outlaws, the group features drummer Richie Albright, who manned the kit for Waylon Jennings since 1964, bassist Jerry Bridges and pedal-steel player Fred Newell, along with relative young gun Tommy Townsend.
For tomorrow’s Record Store Day, April 22nd, Shooter captured Waymore’s Outlaws onstage for a special vinyl release. Titled Shooter Jennings & Waymore’s Outlaws: Live, the album was recorded over two shows in West Virginia and North Carolina and features Waylon classics and songs from Shooter’s lengthy album and EP catalog – including “Manifesto No. 1,” which is streaming below. Other highlights include a vicious take on his pop-country indictment “Outlaw You” and his shadowy George Jones tribute, “Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playing Possum).”
The record is being released via Shooter’s own Black Country Rock label, a regular player on Record Store Day. Along with the Waymore’s Outlaws concert LP, Shooter and BCR are re-issuing 2008’s Waylon Forever on vinyl. Produced by Dave Cobb, the album is a collection of Waylon’s final vocal performances, backed by Shooter and his then-band the .357s.