Shooter Jennings — “The Deed and the Dollar”

Juli Thanki | February 9th, 2012

shooterjenningsIt’s fitting that the new single from Shooter Jennings’ upcoming album entitled Family Man (due out March 13) finds him channeling his father with a loose, late ‘70s-flavored country love song.

Sung over twangy Telecaster, pedal steel, and the steady thump of a bass drum, the lyrics may lean a bit too hard on the generic (“She’s got a special way/Makes me happy every day”) and folksy (She’s such a good catch/Got me grinnin’ like a goat in a briar patch…she’s wild as a Junebug on a string”), but there’s no denying that the chorus–though its proclamation that “She don’t just own me/She has grown me/In her secret garden deep in love’s holler” may nudge a scuffed boot toe over the line separating sweet from cheesy–is a catchy one that calls out for a Follow That Bird-style singalong should it pop up on your radio. Though Jennings hasn’t had a country single on the charts since 2005’s “Fourth of July,” “The Deed and the Dollar” has a good chance of success, as it is ragged enough to please the alt-country crowd while still having mainstream appeal.

All in all, “The Deed and the Dollar” is sweet and honest without being cloying, country without resorting to namedropping or countrier-than-thou proclamations, and solidly sung and performed—if this single is representative of the material that will be on Family Man, it’s definitely a record that’s worth anticipating.

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  1. Rick
    February 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Everything about Shooter gives me the heebie-jeebies! I can’t stand to hear or see that guy in any capacity! Kind of like my reaction to Obama only not near as intense…

  2. Ben Foster
    February 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    So far I’m enjoying this song, mostly for the 70’s-ish musical stylings. I have a hard time imagining it being embraced by country radio, but it would add some interesting variation if it were. Overall, I’d say the song definitely makes me interested in hearing the album.

  3. Mike Wimmer
    February 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I like it. It isnt as good as “Outlaw You”, but it’s a nice Country love song that is catchy. I’m looking forward to Shooters new album, I have had varying degrees of interest in his music in recent years, he has shown he can be a very good songwriter, but sometimes resorts to trying too hard to look/sound like he is a badass. So far the two singles he has put out have showed more of the former than the latter.

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