"Tonight there's gonna be trouble," "somewhere in this town," or more specifically, at Amos' Southend in Charlotte where those "Wild-eyed Southern boys" of Jackyl are back in town to throw down with a heapin' helping of raunch 'n' roll as only this bunch can deliver.
Jackyl is, was and always will be renegades among the renegades of rock; plus, their Southern roots makes them notorious times 10.
Emerging from Georgia and South Carolina to national renown in the early 1990s, their tight bluesy hard-rockin and Southern sass sound often was mislabeled metal.
But rather than AC/DC or Ozzy, Jackyl's heritage is a clear-cut mix of Allman Brothers, Skynyrd and Black Oak Arkansas, with more than a dash of Ted Nugent thrown in for good measure.
With songs like "The Lumberjack," "I Stand Alone," "When Will It Rain," "Push Comes To Shove" and others, the mischief-factor and innuendo ratio are off the meter, thanks largely to the prancing, "daint-cin'" front man Jesse James Dupree, holding court with his "hell yeah" attitude and the rare ability to brandish a chain saw as both a solo musical instrument and power tool to dissect a wooden stool. Now, that's entertainment.
Dupree's comrades-in-arms -- Jeff Worley, guitar; Chris Worley, drums; and Roman Glick, bass -- round out the lineup of Jackyl. See them carry on their rock road warrior ways live tonight at Amos' Southend.
Special opening guest for the evening's festivities is Preacher Stone -- a new group featuring a few friends from past bands, particularly Ronnie Riddle, lead vocals/rhythm guitar/mandolin, (Deuce, Kid Khaos, Riddle); Marty Hill, lead/rhythm guitar/acoustic/slide/dobro, (Phantom Park, Swampdawamp, Superglide); Glenn Blackburn, bass/vocals, (Phantom Park, Paragon, SuperGlide, Homesick Angel); Benny Hunt, lead/rhythm/guitars/acoustic/ vocals; and Jason Donaldson, drums/percussion.
Together less than a year with a debut CD nearly ready to release, Preacher Stone is an unknown entity waiting to release the combined spit-and-swagger talent into a guitar-driven demon, what Blackburn termed "modern Southern rock/redneck metal, that's live, loud and in-your-face." Or, as Riddle relates, "being onstage, with Preacher Stone is like drivin 200 miles per hour in the rain. All you can do is hang on and enjoy the ride!"
Meet Preacher Stone ready to crank the amps and rock the room tonight live with Jackyl at Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Call the club at 704-377-6874 for show information, or go to amossouthend.com. Visit jackyl.com; myspace.com/jackyl; preacherstone.com and myspace.com/preacherstone rocks for more on the bands.
From here, turn to an interesting influx of all kinds of sounds and musical styles. For instance, two separate shows offer the chance to see power-pop alt/rockers the Stellas. Head to The Evening Muse in Charlotte this Saturday to see their "first ever full-band acoustic show," with special guests Nathan Morris and Joanna Lynne; or venture out on Thursday to see a full-on Stellas show at The Money in Rock Hill. Check myspace.com/thestellasband for details. Say so long to the band Livalie at their final show this Saturday at The Money in Rock Hill. This rock/alternative ensemble made big noise during the last year with their high energy and melodic musical message but find themselves at a turning point to make career decisions. Thanking fans, friends and family for their support, the band issued a call for all to make it out to Livalie's final show, with guests Sugar Glyder and Amherst, live this Saturday at The Money, 111 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill.
Call the club at 803-329-2710 or visit myspace.com/themoney clubrockhill; and myspace.com/ livalierocks for more information.
Meanwhile, several national recording acts will make a pass through the area during this week. Tuesday, look for Hinder to wander into Amos Southend, while Cute Is What We Aim For hits Tremont Music Hall. Then, on Wednesday, Tesla charges into Amos' Southend, along with guests The Leo Project. Even zombies will be out and about this weekend, and who knows what else, amidst a surge of madcap and marvelous live music ventures as the following listing reveals.
• Tonight: Rock Star at Sammy's Sports Bar and Grille, Rock Hill; Old Town Drum Circle at Augello's, Rock Hill; Rock Shot at The Long Branch Saloon, Rock Hill; Deleveled at Scandal's, Rock Hill; Whiskey Rebellion at McHale's On Main, Rock Hill; The Screaming Orphans at Dinkins Underground, Winthrop, Rock Hill; Tater at Sylvia Theater, York; Alan Barrington at McHale's, Fort Mill; Possum Jenkins at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Friday Fiesta-So Ho Dance Party at The Money, Rock Hill; Jackyl, Preacher Stone at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Actual Proof at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; Robbie Schaeffer, Jerry Chapman, Bakalao Stars, One Big Love at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Hellblinki Sextet, Sonic Death Rabbit, Andy the Doorbum at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Onward To Olympus, Knives Exchanging Hands, Die As One at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Brimstone Revival, Graveyard Boulevard, Zoe Vette and The Revolvers, Chocha Loca at Charlotte's Underground, Charlotte; Chris Duarte at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Ben Sollee at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Matt Stillwell at Coyote Joe's, Charlotte; Michael Franti and Spearhead at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Midnight Peace at Augello's, Rock Hill; Livalie Farewell Show at The Money, Rock Hill; Robert Pearce at Scandal's, Rock Hill; Visions of Cody at McHale's On Main, Rock Hill; Detour, Donna Duncan at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; Simple, Radio Taiwan, Justin Williams at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Mike Cross at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; The Stellas special acoustic show with Nathan Morris and Joanna Lynne, No Second Troy, Last November at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Return of The Bats at Charlotte's Underground, Charlotte; Hot Sauce at Alley Cat, Charlotte; Jem Crossland and The Hypertonics at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Ryan Montbleau Band at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Hellblinki, Drat at Midnight Dread -- Zombie Delight with George A. Romero at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Dear Druid, Widow Kamikaze at The Common Market, Charlotte.
• Sunday: Karaoke Contest Finals at The Money, Rock Hill; The Not Likelys, Planet Piss, IED at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Umphrey's McGee at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Rekless Youth at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Habitat for Humanity Benefit Showcase at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
• Monday: Rayen Belchere with Late Nite Dance Party at The Money, Rock Hill; Find Your Muse Open Mic with Big Virginia at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Monday Nite All-Stars at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Kathleen Edwards at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Electric Open Mic at The Money, Rock Hill; Hinder, Theory of a Deadman at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Ludo at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; The Take Action Tour: Cute Is What We Aim For, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Acoustic Open Mic at The Money, Rock Hill; Standard Brands at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; The Winter Sounds, Junior Astronomers, O'Brother at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Steve Poltz, Trees Leave at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Chuck E. Costa with Robby Hecht at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Tesla, The Leo Project at Amos' Southend, Charlotte.
• Thursday: The Stellas at The Money, Rock Hill; Jimmy Brown at Sylvia Theater, York; Doubting Thomas at The Pewter Rose, Charlotte; Jay Nash, David McMillin, Greg Laswell, Gibb Droll, Greg Humphries at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; American Murder at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Public Radio at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte;
And that was "all she wrote."