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Jennings pays tribute to family friend Jones

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Shooter Jennings said today he would release a five-song tribute to George Jones next month.

"Don't Wait Up (for George)" is coming Aug. 5 from his label BCR Los Angeles/Thirty Tigers. The single "Don't Wait Up (I'm Playin' Possum)" is available now.

Moved by his friendship with Jones, Jennings decided to put out a heartfelt, yet experimental tribute. "When people ask me about Jennings who I remember hanging around as a kid, I always say that I remember Tony Joe White and George Jones being the most frequent and consistent around the house. Very few people can look at a child and sees the full-grown human inside them and make them feel important. George was always this way with me, making me feel like he took me seriously, no matter what age I was," said Jennings.

The title track, "Don't Wait Up," was initially written by Jennings for Jones' next record, only to be unfortunately preceded by Jones' passing.

"Honestly, I needed an excuse to write something that was very raw. And I couldn't do it for myself." Jennings said.

"Don't Wait Up (I'm Playin' Possum)" as well as the second track "Living In A Minor Key" are original Shooter Jennings tunes.

The EP will be available worldwide Aug. 5 on CD, 10" white vinyl, and digital formats.

Later this year, Shooter will be releasing a companion project, "Countach (for Giorgio)," a tribute to production pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

Songs on the EP are:
1. Don't Wait Up (I'm Playin' Possum)
2. Living In A Minor Key BR>3. She Thinks I Still Care
4. If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me
5. The Door

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