Plenty of musicians, actors and athletes have wilted under the pressure of following in the footsteps of their famous parents. For every Dakota Johnson (“Ben and Kate” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”) there are tens of wannabe famous people simply not making the cut.
Imagine the pressure felt by Shooter Jennings, a bluesy southern country rocker who was born to a pair of country music royalties — Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
Shooter Jennings, who will play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head On Stage, was influenced not only by his famous parents, but also by family friend Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and 1980s rockers Guns N’ Roses, quite an eclectic group for an emerging artist, but that is just how it is to be a child of the 80s.
Jennings can excel on piano and guitar, as well as behind he microphone, but he’s not doing any of this alone. Among his touring band are several members of his late father’s band, including drummer Richie Albright and bassist Jerry Bridges.
Jake Linger is a professional writer and music lover who lives in Anne Arundel County.