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Published on March 10th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Yelawolf & Shooter Jennings On Their New “Sometimes Y” Album Being A True Album, Influences, Tarantino, “Thriller” & More

Yelawolf has been hailed as “one of hip-hop’s most vital voices” by The Guardian. Shooter Jennings has become one of the Americana world’s most sought-after producers and songwriters with a pair of GRAMMY Awards to his name. And the duo might not seem like the most obvious musical combination, but after listening to the duo’s new album as Sometimes Y, you quickly ought to come to understand that their chemistry — as built from a decades-long plus friendship — is undeniable.

Written and recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the heart of a tumultuous summer marked by social and political upheaval, Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings’ self-titled debut album was produced by Jennings and is due out on March 11, 2022 via Slumerican. A bold rock-centric album, it fuses past and future sounds where — another critic’s words here, which I can hear some truth in — “David Bowie fronted Thin Lizzy or Axl Rose sang with The Cars.” The songs on Sometimes Y are often catchy and unpredictable. I dare call it a “mixtape,” in the old-school sense, where it is a collection of songs that hop genres and tempos yet all feel connected in that they curated for a cohesive listen.

On March 8, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with both Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings via Zoom, as embedded below. We spoke about Sometimes Y, why this is a true band with future plans, what brought the two of them together, musical influences, and what they are watching on television these days. More on Yelawolf, Shooter Jennings and Sometimes Y can be found here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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