Jackyl to cut it up at Alrosa Villa on Friday, August 14 along wsg/ MG/Flash, Gudger, One In The Chamber and Grindhouse

Jackyl'd Chris Worley's drumset

Jackyl’s Chris Worley’s drumset. Photo taken by Larry Ritter @ 2014Ohio Bike Week

Columbus Events Group is bringing iconic national recording artists, Jackyl, to Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Friday, August 14. The four-man gang hailing from Kennesaw, Georgia, is known as ‘The Hardest Working Band in Rock-N-Roll’ thanks to a pair of Guinness Book of World Record citations that they received. One of those came when they blazed through 100 performances in a 50-day span while the other (which has since been broken) was for doing 21 shows in a 24 hour period that took place in Texas.

Jeff & Chris Worley of Jackyl

Jeff & Chris Worley of Jackyl. Photo taken by Larry Ritter @ 2014 Ohio Bike Week

Jackyl has been cutting their way across the country, both literally and figuratively, for 24 years. Brothers Jeff (guitar) and Chris (drums) Worley actually got things rolling in the late 80’s along with Ronnie Honeycutt (vocals), Tom Bettini (bass) and Jimmy Stiff (guitar). However it wasn’t until, Jesse James Dupree, stood front and center doing lead vocals and strumming the six-string that they began to get noticed and signed a deal with Geffen Records in 1991.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 1992 and featured hits “Down On Me”,” When Will It Rain”, “I Stand Alone”, “Dirty Little Mind” and “The Lumberjack”. The final tune has become a staple in their live shows with Dupree wielding a chainsaw and hacking up a bar stool onstage. The album eventually went platinum and earned the then five-piece ensemble spots on different tours with the like of Aerosmith, Kiss, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent and the Damn Yankees.

Two years after the release of ‘Jackyl’, ‘Push Comes To Shove’ was dropped and while successful (reaching gold status), the group had been pigeonholed as a hair band and interest began to dwindle somewhat. However the title track actually became the highest charted song by the band, leveling off at #7 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. “Headed For Destruction” was another tune that made it into the top 100, finishing at #35.

Jesse James Dupree during The Lamberjack

Jesse James Dupree during The Lamberjack. Photo taken by Larry Ritter @ 2014 Ohio Bike Week

Each of the next two releases produced top forty songs beginning with “Locked and Loaded” off of the 1997 album, ‘Cut the Crap’. Despite the song rising to #11 on the Mainstream list, the album flattened out at 133. It would be ten years later before Jackyl would return to the Top 200 with ‘When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide’ (#192).

We’re an American Band, a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s classic, climbed the charts to #31 when ‘Choice Cuts’ (greatest hits) was unleashed for public consumption in 1997.

From that point on the album sales slowed but the band kept on keeping on by hitting the road. Releases such as Stayin’ Alive’ (1998), Relentless (2002), The Millenium Collection (2003) and Live at Full Throttle Saloon (2004) never came close to hitting the numbers that their predecessors had attained. The latter was recorded and filmed for a companion DVD during the summer of 2003 at the annual biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota which would be a prelude to another important piece of the bands lore.

It was also during that time in which the band shrank by one when current bass player, Roman Glick, came onboard replacing Bettini and Stiff was let go as well.

Jeff Worley & Roman Glick. Photo taken by Larry Ritter @ 2014 Ohio Bike Week

Jeff Worley & Roman Glick. Photo taken by Larry Ritter @ 2014 Ohio Bike Week

Despite the new lineup, six years would pass by before the band would churn out another album but they still continued to hit the pavement and tour during their hiatus from the studio.

‘When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide’ brought the band back into the limelight somewhat by getting them into the top 200 again at #192. They followed that with their 20th Anniversary release of ‘Best In Show’ which contained “Screwdriver” and “Favorite Sin” (#42 on the mainstream charts) in 2012. The album garnered a spot in the top 100 at #84. Both releases were done on Dupree’s Mighty Loud Record label.

Last year the longtime veterans released yet another live production entitled, ‘10 Live!’ on Sanctuary Records Group.

While sales of their albums may not be that of some of their contemporaries, it hasn’t stopped the band from being successful. They’ve done so through good old fashioned hard work and business ingenuity. Not only has Dupree done well with Mighty Loud, the band also got a boost by being seen on TruTV’s hit reality show, Full Throttle Saloon, as mentioned earlier.

All those things are nice and have made the group money but it’s their live shows that have really given them the near cult stature that they have. If you have not seen Jackyl in person you need to do yourself a favor and get a ticket (if there are any available), I guarantee that you’ll enjoy the experience.

MG/Flash

MG/Flash

Four local bands are slated to get the audience primed for the headliners with MG/Flash holding down the spot just before. Ryan Coyer handles the lead vocals and guitar playing for the three-piece band while Paul Remy will be at his side on the bass. Karl Davis keeps the beat on the drums. The trio from Chillicothe are versatile and have no problem playing blues, metal or rock. They will also be appearing at the Southern Ohio Buckeye Bike Rally twenty-four hours later at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.

Gudger

Gudger

Gudger, out of Lancaster, is another three-man band who will step onto the famous Alrosa Villa stage early in the evening. Aaron Eddleblute (vocals, drums), Derek Eddleblute (guitar) and Matt Eddleblute will hammer down the hard rock with heavy riffs with the best of them. They are no stranger to playing with the big boys having opened for Bobaflex in their hometown back in April.

You may remember One In The Chamber from the Otep show that we covered earlier this summer. The hometown four-piece clan opened up the June 19th show at Alrosa after only three weeks of practice. Although there were a few missteps during their set, all-in-all they performed extremely well considering the short preparation time that they had.

One In The Chamber

One In The Chamber

Since that night Monroe Thorn (lead vocals), Willie Jive (bass, vocals), Dommer (guitar) and Duke (drums) have been busy, playing nearly every weekend non-stop.  They will continue their string on Saturday at Triple Shotz when they perform at a benefit for JD from Vandle.

Finally rounding out the evening will be another Columbus crew, Grindhouse, who like OITC, will be making their public debut at the famous venue owned by Rick Cautela. The band that is influenced by Slash, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue among others is led by David Adams and Se7en who both provide dual roles of guitar and vocals. Felixx Alvis owns the sticks while Byron Basham pounds the bass.

Grindhouse

Grindhouse

Ticket sales have been brisk so you may want to check with Rick and his staff to see if there are any more available for the all-ages show. Tickets were set at $16 in advance and $20 the day of.

Hope to see you there. Until the next time, this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/

 

JACKYL TOUR DATES

 

8/14       Columbus, Ohio                                Alrosa Villa

8/15       Clearfield, PA                     Clearfield County Fairgrounds

8/21       Snyder, TX                          White Buffalo Bike Fest-Scurry County Coliseum

8/22       Sterling Heights, MI        Live & Loud Concert @ Freedom Hill Ampitheatre

8/23       Grand Rapids, MI             The Intersection

9/03       Sioux Falls, SD                    The District

9/04       Lincoln, NE                          Bourbon Theatre

9/17       Ocean City, MD                 Cowboy Coast Country Saloon

11/20     Watseka, IL                         Watseka Theatre

 

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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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