New horizons for Shooter Jennings 

Shooter Jennings is definitely his father Waylon’s son — he’s got the same long-haired look and deep drawl as the late outlaw-country legend, and even portrayed him in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.” But at 31, he’s also becoming his own man. Recently, he left his Nashville-based label and management; settled in Los Angeles with his actress fiancee, Drea de Matteo, and their baby daughter; launched a satellite radio show, “Shooter Jennings' Electric Rodeo”; and — with Stephen King as a DJ narrator — issued a genre-jumping concept album about the apocalypse, “Black Ribbons.” He brings his band Hierophant to The City Friday; Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson opens.

How did you get Stephen King involved? Man, it was one of those things. I was doing the record, and I had this idea for him, and someone at Entertainment Weekly passed my message on. And he wrote me back, and we became friends, and spoke for months by e-mail. I never spoke to him over the phone or met him. Then he recorded his parts and it became a reality, so his support gave me the strength to keep doing “Black Ribbons.” Because a lot of thoughts were going through my mind, in terms of my career and what people would think. But Stephen King legitimized my concept.
You even delve into electronica here. But you’re a big Trent Reznor fan, right? I love Nine Inch Nails — “Broken” and “The Downward Spiral” just meant the world to me as a kid. And then I started doing my research, and discovered all the greats, like Ministry, Skinny Puppy and the Revolting Cocks. I loved industrial music.

Are you happy to be back in L.A.? Well, we really migrated back here to do this record, and I kind of dragged [Drea] back — she’d gotten work on that “Sons of Anarchy” show, then “Desperate Housewives.” So as much as we hate it, we don’t know where we’re going to be next week, even. But today, we’re getting ready to go to Disneyland, because my daughter’s been begging to go back.

Let’s just say it: Your dad was cool! I know! And in real life, he was 10 times cooler than you could ever imagine. And he never drank, which was a huge misconception. But he was like a kid in the way he loved life. I mean, he demanded respect and could scare the living hell out of you. But he lived and breathed music, every second of every day.

Shooter Jennings and Hierophant

The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $20
Contact: (415) 771-1421,

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