I have to admit that the first couple of times that I listened to Jackyl’s latest effort Best in Show, I wasn’t that impressed. I thought a band that I have often compared to Jackyl, SNEW, out did Jackyl on their latest effort.
I do love the song “Screwdriver”, but I thought the rest of the CD was hit & miss. Last Friday night (at The Inner Circle), I saw the band perform several of the songs live, and my opinion changed 100%. You see, a few of the songs on Best in Show translate better live than they do in the studio. After seeing the band perform the songs live, I have grown to appreciate Best in Show much more than I did originally.
The album starts off with a real face melting rocker with “Best In Show”. This is one of the many songs that translate better live, although I like the version on the CD a lot.
“Screwdriver” and “Better Than Chicken” are a couple of tongue-in-cheek tracks that borrows from the Steel Panther playbook. Jesse James Dupree and company truly deliver these songs live. These may not be the type of songs you want to play around your young children, but I doubt you play Jackyl around your kids anyway.
Jackyl has crafted an almost perfect stripper pole anthem with their song “Encore”. This song came as completely unexpected when I heard it the first time but this one is a real party starter in Jackyl’s live set. I am sure this song will find its way into Gentemen’s clubs nationwide soon.
“Horns Up” is a fun little rocker that has a little Nazareth influence on it. I absolutely love the groove on the song “Golden Spookytooth”. This is quickly becoming one of my Jackyl favorites.
“Walk My Mile” is the longest track on Best in Show, and shows Jackyl taking a more serious approach to their music. This is a heavy tune, and a good one at that.
“Open Invitation” would have had a lot more impact, if it would have been released before Bin Laden’s death. While the man will be hated forever, this song was obviously written before he was killed.
The only band that has successfully pulled off the rap/rock thing was Aerosmith in my opinion. Needless to say, I still question why Jackyl covered “It’s Tricky” on this album. I am not a fan of the rap/rock hybrid, and I thought this cover was silly at best. For me that song ended the album on a down note. Nonetheless, Jackyl has delivered another solid album.
Best in Show is exactly what you would expect from a Jackyl CD. It is raw, raunchy and anything but subtle. Most importantly, it is a hell of a lot
of fun to listen to. The more I have listened to Best in Show, the more I have enjoyed it. It isn’t a perfect CD, but I think it is easily the band’s best effort since their 1992 self titled debut. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Best in Show
3. Screw Driver
4. Horns Up
5. Golden Spookytooth
6. Cover of the Rolling Stone
7. Walk My Mile
8. Favorite Sin
9. Better Than Chicken
10. Don’t Lay Down On Me
12. What I Do
13. Open Invitation
14. It’s Tricky
Jesse James Dupree- Vocals & Chainsaw
Roman Glick- Bass
Chris Worley- Drums
Jeff Worley- Guitars
PUH-POW!! After seven long years, Jackyl is back with a brand new CD, “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide”. This new disc sees Jesse James Dupree & company, sticking to their roots and delivering a CD full of kick ass hard rock tunes.
Like a Harley Davidson roaring down the highway, “Loads of Fun” blows past you like a carnivorous beast of chrome & steel, and quickly proves that Jackyl is here to rock! This is a song that you will want to crank up and annoy your neighbors!
I have a feeling that “I Can’t Stop” is going to be another of those fist pumping anthems that will be a staple in Jackyl’s live set.
“She’s Not A Drug” is the first single off of the CD, and I am not sure how to describe this song. There are times when I can not tell what Jesse James Dupree is singing. It doesn’t really matter though. This song itself is ridiculously catchy, and I like it. This song will likely be a new stripper anthem in seedy clubs across America.
A few months ago, Jackyl unleashed “My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaines Ass” on myspace, and I am damn glad to find it on this CD. This song is a rocker, and while it may never achieve hit status, I will always look forward to hearing this tune, and seeing the band perform it.
The title track, “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide” is a near perfect southern rocker. As one of the lyrics suggest, “Let’s Crank Some AC/DC and throw down ’til we’re blind”. Who can argue with that logic?
Jackyl is a band that typically visits Cincinnati every year, when most bands forgot that “The Queen City” still exists on the map. I have seen them countless times, and one song you can almost always count on Jackyl doing live, is the Janis Joplin classic “Mercedes Benz”. This song usually works in a live setting, but on this CD, it sounds like a hot mess. I love Jesse James Dupree, but his voice is not strong enough to sing a capella as he does on this cover. I am sure a few fans have been clamoring for this JJD version of the song, but it just doesn’t translate well. Luckily, this is the only real weak moment on this CD.
When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide flat out rocks, and is easily in the top three of all Jackyl releases. Jesse James Dupree and company are still cranking out some of the best biker rock on this side of the Mississippi. If you are a Jackyl fan, you won’t want to miss this.
Rating: Out of 10
- Loads Of Fun
- I Can’t Stop
- She’s Not A Drug
- My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaines Ass
- Get Mad At It
- The Overflow Of Love
- When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide
- Just Like A Negro
- Deeper In Darkness
- Freight Train
- Mercedes Benz
- Full Throttle
Jesse James Dupree – Vocals and Guitar
Roman Glick – Bass
Jeff Worley – Guitars
Chris Worley – Drums
Years ago I cut my vacation short to catch a free show from Brother Cane at a local festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was my first taste of Brother Cane playing live, and I have been wanting to see them again ever since. Until Brother Cane decides to reunite (assuming they do), the only way I can see them live is with the brand new DVD set, “Come Alive Again”. This is a two DVD set capturing two of Brother Cane’s live performances, as well as some rare footage of the band off the stage.
Disc one captures seven songs from Brother Cane from 1995, when they opened up for Van Halen in Fresno, California. The footage does not appear to be proshot, but it is good enough to put a smile on the face of this Brother Cane fan.
The real value in the DVD set is the live concert on the second DVD. The taping is from a live show in 2005 from Pensacola, Florida. The footage on this DVD is awesome, and the set list (see below) in this concert has all of my favorite Brother Cane songs. The footage reminds me a lot of the show that I saw years prior to this taping. It was a show at an outdoor shed, and the band flat out rocked, as they do on this DVD. Watching Brother Cane break into the Police’s Synchronicity in the middle of Kerosene is too cool for words, and is a moment that I can now enjoy over and over again.
If you are a Brother Cane fan, there is no other way to experience this great band live. This concert DVD set does a good job preserving the memory of one the better hard rock bands from the 90’s. You can grab a copy of this DVD on myspace through the Brother Cane and Pain Train Designs sites. Buy it, you wont be disappointed!
Rating: Out of 10
DVD 1 Track Listing:
“Seeds Tour Concert”
1. Bad Seeds
2. Got No Shame
3. 20/20 Faith
4. Voice of Eujena
6. Hung On A Rope
7. Make Your Play
DVD 2 Track Listing:
1. The Crow Flies
2. 20/20 Faith
3. I Lie In the Bed I Make
5. Voice of Eujena
7. Hard Act To Follow
9. And Fools Shine On
After seeing Jackyl live in 2007, I have really started to appreciate their brand of no frills hard rock. I always liked the band, but I they were far from my favorite. I had to check out the latest work from Jesse James Dupree.
Those of you looking for some new Jackyl styled tunes, may like what you hear on the first half of the disc (Saturday Night). The tunes are a good mix of hard and southern rock.
The second half of this CD may have some people scratching their heads.
The half of the disc coined Sunday Morning (Old Fashioned Radio Show) is more of a country, rock, blues hybrid that is different from the music that Dupree has been known for.
The first half of the disc is so much in the same vein as Jackyl, I wonder why, Dupree didn’t save the tunes for another CD with the band that made him famous (or is that infamous). It may not be Dupree’s best work, but it does rock. 1095 days is the only song that takes a detour, but it reminds me of a few of the other tunes that Jackyl has done.
The second half of the disc, isn’t my favorite, but it does have its moments. Fred and Richard Young from the Kentucky Headhunters join Dupree’s group for some fun sounding country rock.
The Party is a honky tonk sounding tune with some cool slide guitar. I actually like this tune pretty well.
Maybe it isn’t fair to compare this music to Jackyl. This isn’t a Jackyl CD, and with the second half of this disc formulated to sound like an old fashioned radio show, it becomes something different. At first, I didn’t like the second half of this disc at all, but a few spinning this in my car a few times, I have warmed up to it somewhat.
This CD may appeal to both Jackyl and Kentucky Headhunter fans. This isn’t Dupree’s best work, but it is entertaining. To find out more information on Dixie Inc, and to hear some of the songs on this disc, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Rev It Up & Go-Go
3. Drop Dead Ready
5. Wash Me Away
6. 1095 Days
7. Money Lovin & Speed
8. Get to Me
Sunday Morning (Old Time Radio Show):
9. One Extreme Intro
10. Welcome to the Show
12. Reality Star Intro
13. Reality Star
14. A.J. White’s
15. Well Enough
16. Fire It Up
17. Had to Get Stoned
18. American as Apple Pie
19. Far Out
20. One Extreme Outro
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc are:
Saturday Night Musicians
Jesse James Dupress – Vocals and Guitars
Roman Glick – Bass, Jew’s Harp
Mike Froedge – Drums
Charlie Starr – Guitars, Banjo
Sunday Morning Musicians
Roman Glick – Bass
Mike Froedge and Fred Young – Drums
Richard Young – Guitar
Charlie Starr – Guitar, Banjo, Pedal Steel
Joe Huffmann – Keys
Slave to the System is one of the better CD’s released in 2006.
This group consists of Damon Johnson, and Roman Glick from Brother Cane, and Scott Rockenfeld and Kelly Gray of Queensryche.
I have always liked both bands, but I must admit that I haven’t been very fond of the Kelly Gray, Queensryche years.
After hearing this CD, I wonder how much Geoff Tate has been holding back Kelly, as he kicks ass on this CD. Damon Johnson and the rest of the guys are great as well. Some songs lean towards more album oriented radio friendly rock, others are a little harder. The slower tracks took two or three listens to digest, and have really grown on me. The CD does a good job of mixing the two up.
As a whole, this is a killer CD with no filler tracks. This is straight up hard rock all the way through. If you like either of the two bands, I mentioned above, you are going to like this. It may take you a couple of listens to get into this, but if you give this a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised.
This CD is one of my top picks in 2006.
For more information on Slave to the System, check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Ruby Wednesday
- Slave to the System*
- Live this Life
- Cruze out of Control*
- Gone Today*
- Will You Be There
- Walk the Line
Slave to the System is:
Damon Johnson – Vocals and Guitar
Roman Glick – Bass
Kelly Gray – Guitar
Scott Rockenfeld – Drums