When the Guinness Book of World Records’ “Hardest Working Band in Rock ‘n’ Roll,” also popularly known as Jackyl comes into town, expect a party.
“We’re going to turn it into ‘Jackyl-stock,’ " vocalist and guitarist Jesse James Dupree said. The down-to-earth, wild fun-loving foursome and all part of the perfect cocktail of rock ‘n’ roll: hard rock, heavy metal and Southern rock, agree: Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest is in for a night to repeatedly brag on about.
Following Great White and the bike/ trailer giveaway on Saturday, Jackyl jumps on the main-event stage 9:45 p.m. at the festival’s location, Edge Hill Farm, 13101 Louisville Road in Oakland, for closing.
“We attack every single night as every single show might as well be Madison Square Garden,” Dupree said, excitingly. “We’re still the same 15 year old kids that were drawing concert stage setups on the back of our notebooks in high school.”
Their longevity, Dupree points, is never losing the love for what they do. “Seriously, there is so much silliness on that bus every night. We never lost that edge and I think that is why we all stuck together as long as we have.”
It’s been 25 years since Jackyl shot out of Georgia and their live shows from the start were and continue to be legendary since signing with Geffen Records, owned by Universal Music Group. Their wild swagger matched those of their touring mates including Aerosmith, Kiss, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent and Damn Yankees. In 1992, self-titled debut album pushed platinum and featured rock radio hits “Down On Me,” “When Will it Rain,” “I Stand alone,” and most notably “Lumberjack,” during which Dupree performed a chain-saw solo.
“We were fortunate to have a big song called ‘The Lumberjack,’ where I play the chain-saw, and so if you’ve never seen the band before, the whole show is and we’re a celebration of the fundamentals of rock ‘n’ roll. Two guitars, bass, drums, chain-saw--if you will-- whatever it takes to get the job done. We celebrate those fundamentals....”
For the designation of “The Hardest Working Band in Rock ‘n’ Roll, the group performed 100 shows in 50 days as well as 21 shows in 24 hours.
The busy Dupree also fronts his own whiskey company. Fans will have an opportunity to purchase Jesse James Premium Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, an old-time charcoal mellowed and aged in oak casks for a minimum of 36 months.
“I got the Jesse James Bourbon and we’re actually doing a charity motorcycle ride this Saturday morning (8:30 p.m.) and after signing bottles of Jesse James Bourbon that you can get at the Liquor Barn, they’ve been a great partner of ours.” Dupree said, adding all editions--honey, spice and original Jesse James Bourbon to be available and also a special edition. “If you can find the Jesse James America’s Outlaw Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, it’s the blue label, grab a bottle of it because we released a limited amount of it.”
The ride, lead by Dupree, will go from the Harley-Davidson dealership to Mammoth Cave National Park and back. Sunday’s ride, starting 9 a.m., at Edge Hill Farm, is an all-women’s ride and going to Mammoth Cave and back. It will benefit Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center (BRACC).
The music fest features 25 total bands and a host of other activities starting Thursday with a kickoff party at Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green on Cumberland Trace Road. It continues with three days of music like Tantric, Saving Abel, Saliva, Trapt, Puddle of Mudd, Great White and Colt Ford and fun including helicopter rides, kids zone and a demonstration by the American Motorcycle Pullers Association at Edge Hill Farm.
General admission tickets are $50, covering admission to all three days at Edge Hill Farm.
VCMMF Kickoff, the free admission event from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, will showcase Kentucky singer-songwriter Kyle Daniel along with Dustin Lee Benefield and Kentucky rock bands Wolf Island Kosmonauts and Gravel Switch. The second year of Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest is to welcome thousands across 42 states, as stated last week from event organizer Larry Jobe. Dupree is not surprised.
“I know that it’s going to be one hell of a party out there,” Dupree said. “I know the promoters of this event do things first class, so I expect we’ll have a great time on Saturday! I hope nobody miss this show. It’s going to be a good one.”
More information about the music fest and a schedule of events can be found at the vcmmf.com website.