Fans of the old Art Bell Coast to Coast radio show — a call-in program about alien encounters that was a staple of Southern late nights in the '90s — might find a lot to like about Shooter Jennings' new album, "The Other Life." There's a bit of a rural-futurist bent (see "Flying Saucer Song" and "15 Million Light-Years Away"), but more importantly, the album shows how quiet, open spaces can lead to great flights of imagination.
"The Other Life" is a showpiece for Jennings' familial knack for outlaw-country hell-raising. Note the Skynyrd-isms of "Mama, It's Just My Medicine" or "The White Trash Song," a collaboration with Scott H. Biram that's less a duet than a drinking game. But it's balanced with ballads of fine, rough beauty. "Wild & Lonesome," with Patty Griffin, owes its sweetness to Willie Nelson and its hoarseness to Jennings' dad, Waylon.