About Sometimes Y:
On paper, Yelawolf, hailed as “one of hip-hop’s most vital voices” by The Guardian, and Shooter Jennings, one of the Americana world’s most sought-after producers and songwriters with a pair of GRAMMY Awards to his name, might not seem like the most obvious combination. But after listening to the duo’s upcoming debut as Sometimes Y, you’ll quickly come to understand that their chemistry, built from a decades-long plus friendship, is in fact as intoxicating as it is unexpected. Recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the heart of a tumultuous summer marked by social and political upheaval, their self-titled debut album Sometimes Y (produced by Jennings and due out March 11 via Slumerican) is a bold and intoxicating rock and roll hybrid, one that fuses past and future sounds to conjure up some alternate universe where David Bowie fronted Thin Lizzy or Axl Rose sang with The Cars. The songs on Sometimes Y are as addictive as they are unpredictable, mixing ’80s bombast and arena rock energy with country earnestness and hip-hop swagger, and the performances are thrilling to match, fueled by the pair’s undeniable chemistry and irrepressible joy. Jennings’ production work is lush but never crowded, and Yelawolf’s lyrics are utterly arresting, grappling insightfully with purpose and perseverance, struggle and triumph, pain and transcendence. Weighty as the record can feel at times, it’s ultimately a work of liberation and release, an ecstatic declaration of creative freedom fueled by adventure, discovery, and a little bit of chaos, which is precisely what Sometimes Y is all about. Follow Yelawolf (@yelawolf) and Shooter Jennings (@shooterjennings).
Initial Praise for Sometimes Y
“‘Make Me A Believer’ is a driving, life-affirming statement…think Cheap Trick meets The Strokes, in a desert.” – Classic Rock Magazine/Louder
“Encompassing, arena-filling rock ‘n’ roll.” – Guitar World
“A thumpin’ rocker that brings to mind open roads, leather jackets and Southern nights.” – Billboard
“[‘Make Me A Believer’] is a straight-ahead rocker that could have easily come out of the ‘80s.” – Loudwire