Jackyl could’ve easily been a one-hit wonder when its first single, “The Lumberjack,” became a Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart top 25 hit in 1992 fueled by a high-octane chainsaw solo. However, the group from Kennesaw, Ga., proved it wasn’t a mere gimmick by placing four more singles from its self-titled debut in the Top 40 of that rock chart.
More than 20 years later, the hard rockers — presenting a sold-out concert at BMI Speedway in Versailles on Saturday — enjoy continued popularity thanks to relentless touring and exposure through the reality show “Full Throttle Saloon,” which starts its sixth season in December on TruTV.
Singer Jesse James Dupree recently submitted to a brief Q&A.
Q: How has 2015 been?
A: “We’ve had a great year. We’ve had a great several years. The thing with Jackyl is we’ve been able to establish the feeling of a family reunion through the network of people that has come out and supported what we do for so long. It sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I feel sorry for the people that don’t come and hang with us because they don’t know what they’re missing.”
Q: What can you tell us about the upcoming season of “Full Throttle Saloon?”
A: “You get to see Michael and Angie’s baby for the first time. It was the 75th anniversary of the (Sturgis motorcycle) rally, and we had over a million people, so people can see what that was all about. Everybody wants to see what kind of crazy stuff I’ve been doing, and it gets a little heated, so they can check that out. And then, of course, we address the fact the Full Throttle burned to the ground, so there is a lot of content there.”
Q: What does the saloon’s fire mean for the future of the series?
A: “We’re still trying to figure that out. We’ll just keep pushing forward. That’s all you can do.”
Q: Jackyl’s latest album, “Best in Show,” was released in 2012. What are the plans for the next release?
A: “I’ve been working on some new material. I want to try to get something recorded and out next year. We just want to rock. We’re a celebration of the fundamentals of rock ‘n’ roll, you know, it’s two guitars, bass and drums. People want to listen to rock ’n’ roll to get motivated, excited and to get away from 40-hour work weeks. They want to escape and I’ll leave saving the whales and sea lions and curing rare diseases for the U2s of the world.”
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