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Shooter Jennings Defends Decision to Work With Bucky Covington to Fans on Facebook

Shooter Jennings and Bucky Covington Making the Video for 'Drinking Side of Country'

Shooter Jennings has never been one to just go with the flow. Much like his dad, Waylon, he has never been one to care that his music is not “mainstream” or even popular to anyone but his fans, which is why his fans have called Shooter out on his decision to appear on former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington‘s new CD.

The whole situation began with a Facebook comment earlier this month, on Shooter’s posting of this ‘behind the scenes’ look at the making of the video for his duet with Bucky Covington, ‘Drinking Side Of Country’.

One fan commented that Jennings ‘sold out’, and was an insult to the ‘underground country music movement’. Shooter fired back to that comment specifically, then went on a general rant to all of his Facebook fans. In an August 17 post on Shooter Jennings’ official Facebook page, Shooter made it clear that he has no regrets about his decision. Here’s a cleaned up version of his post:

“Let’s have a talk and clear the air RIGHT NOW. No more [negative] posts about the Bucky video. Bucky’s a nice dude (a lot nicer than a lot of the folks bashing me for my involvement in the video). He’s been signed and given freedom by a very close friend of mine, and they brought me a song that I agreed to sing on, cuz it WASN’T glazed over Rascal Flatts [stuff]…And we had fun doin’ it!”

As you can see, Shooter isn’t concerned with mending relationships with any fans that have a problem with his career decisions, but making his stance clear. Jennings went on to elaborate further, stating:

I ain’t never gonna let nobody tell me what I can and can’t do, and I sure as hell ain’t gonna put somebody else down just because they might not be punk rock enough…I like to collaborate, and I’ll do what the [heck] I want to. I couldn’t go pop with a mouth full of firecrackers…I love you guys, but wake up, and don’t listen to the [nonsense] and the opinions out there. If you’re a good guy, and you got a good heart, I’m gonna be your friend, I ain’t gonna listen to what all these [jerks] say before I make that decision. You shouldn’t either! Bucky’s a good dude, leave him alone. Next up: Bo Bice. lol

So, for the record, Shooter managed to get his jabs in on Rascal Flatts and American Idol alum Bo Bice. I guess it’s safe to say he won’t be collaborating with either of those acts anytime soon.

Shooter doesn’t plan to leave the country music scene just yet, as he is currently working on his follow up to his latest CD, ‘Family Man’. Jennings says it will be out in early 2013.

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