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Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to '80s country

As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer.

In recent years, he's recorded metal, hard rock and concept albums, but he can't really escape his country roots. So he took another left turn to revisit the '80s honky-tonk sound on his new album, "Shooter," out on Friday.

Together with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, Jennings fills the record with rollicking good time tunes in the vein of a Hank Williams Jr. record. Jennings said he felt like there was a "large disenfranchised group of country fans" looking for something different in country music.

In this July 16, 2018 photo, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, son of iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Shooter,” out on August 10. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)

In this July 16, 2018 photo, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, son of iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Shooter,” out on August 10. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)

In this July 16, 2018 photo, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, son of iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Shooter,” out on August 10. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)

In this July 16, 2018 photo, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, son of iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Shooter,” out on August 10. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)

In this July 16, 2018 photo, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, son of iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Shooter,” out on August 10. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)

In this July 16, 2018 photo, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, son of iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Shooter,” out on August 10. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)