I was born in a hospital next to a dirt road in a small Georgia town. A town that everybody knows everyone and you can’t hide secrets. They still hold mine against me. Even after all these years, I still love being on the lake in North Georgia, wakeboarding and drinking cold beer.
After a few years of doing sports broadcasting, I stumbled into a building that said Rock 100.5 on the door and begged to get on the air to play great rock tunes and have some fun in a city that I always loved, Atlanta. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, here I am!
The best part of Atlanta are the amazing bands that rock hard at these kickass venues and much of my weekend is spent jamming out with all of them. This city is always hopping, so let’s have some fun and debauchery in the middle of the night.
Love the Hawks, been a fan for life! Rooftop bars, anything on the water and good company is fine with me. I’m goofy, awkward and I dig anything crazy!
Hey ROCK family, it’s Jackson! Had the pleasure to chat with Todd Rundgren about his upcoming shows in Atlanta, April 10th and 11th at Buckhead Theatre. As always, the conversation went in multiple directions. Short list of topics:
*Constant touring and as he calls it, “seeing only the hotel, stage and bus.”
*What music loses when an original like Dick Dale passes.
*Artists having to get back on the road due to the lack of record sales.
*Young bands just needing to survive and what today’s economy or rock needs.
*Rock and Roll Hall of fame.
*Growth of personal brand becoming more important than the music.
Warning: Some explicit language throughout
Hey ROCK family, it’s Jackson. Wow, this was such a cool conversation with David Coverdale of Whitesnake. Unbelievably nice guy. Short list of topics we discuss:
*I’m about to turn 30, so he reminisces about being 30 and writing “Here I Go Again.” Surprisingly, most people get the meaning of the song completely wrong.
*The story of how “Here I Go Again” was re-recorded for the ’87 self-titled album.
*Jaguar needs to give more love to Whitesnake. We of course had to delve into his classic Jag.
* Their new album “Flesh and Blood,” his personal journey before making it and where he believes it stands among the Whitesnake catalog.
*His wife forbids the term “retire.”
*His knee replacement surgeries and his struggles during that time.
*His passion for touring and interacting with fans.
*Their April 20th concert at Chastain Park!
Hey ROCK family, it’s Jackson!
Richie Faulkner of the legendary Judas Priest joined me to talk all things metal and their upcoming show at the Fox Theatre on May 8th. This was such a cool conversation with a even cooler dude. Some of the topics we cover:
*Cutting grass and changing light bulbs.
*Japan’s crazy metal scene.
*Today’s genre specific metal vs. the attitude/lifestyle of 80’s metal.
*Hit on their new album “Firepower” and the continuing success it’s brought for the band.
*Surprises with this new tour.
We finally got the first trailer for The Dirt, and it does not disappoint. Sex, drugs and rock n roll all the way. it’s headed to Netflix on March 22nd.
Troy Luccketta, drummer for awesome rock band Tesla, is my special guest today! What a cool conversation with an even better dude. They are playing at Buckhead Theatre next Wednesday, Feb. 20th and if you’ve never seen them live, make it a point to do so. We hit on Tesla’s longevity as a band, their new album ‘Shock,’ due out March 8th, collaborating with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, the amazing work he’s doing with Troyshowsup.com and he gives some advice to today’s bands. Check it out!