With the country music section of the vast internet exploding last week with Luke Bryan’s comments about how his music compares to the music that came before him, Luke called Jessi Colter to make her know from him personally that there was no harm intended towards the late Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings or anyone else in their family with his comments.
Shooter, in a conversation with the LA Times’ Randy Lewis, praised Luke for having the guts to call and apologize, even if it seemed like one wasn’t needed.
“Luke Bryan called my mom today to clarify that he would never disrespect my dad or me or any of us,” Jennings said. “He also asked for Buddy's number to call Kathy. Whether or not he does, that takes a lot of guts. I misfired and said some things in the past about people, namely John Mayer. And I didn't have the guts to apologize. So, that being said, that kinda won me over.”
Shooter then went on to talk about moving forward with music and and he, himself has pushed country’s genre boundaries with his music and said, “I love Kathy for her defense of the family and caring so much for the legacy. But as my mom says, [some] people out there want things the way it WAS and nothing else. I'm not defending pop music but I am defending new music. My dad never liked labels and neither do I.”
After hearing about the whole thing, Shooter thought it was really much ado about nothing, especially since blogs and websites have taken the quote out of context from the original interview (which itself may have been taken out of context for the sake of clicks - ed.).
“While I support my family obviously, personally the whole thing didn't make a difference to me. I've had my fair share of words being twisted and articles being sliced and diced. So I figured it was that…," said Jennings to the LA Times.
“His music isn't something I find myself listening to, but that's not personal, I don't listen to any new country besides a few underground acts that are a pretty far reach to even call them straight country," Shooter said. "My point is it’s all flush in my book. He said some [stuff] and because of the Internet it came back on him. But he went above and beyond and manned up and apologized. In the long run I believe his image has improved.”