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 privilege of speaking with Alice Cooper today about his new album “Detroit Stories” and so much more. This dude is 73 and still sings/plays like he just started. Other than being a complete badass, he is just such a nice, intelligent guy. We started off by him giving me marriage advice and it just went off from there. We talked some Detroit living, the unique aspect of 70’s bands, our love of golf and his inspiration to become a legendary shock rocker. I had to find out what made Alice Cooper “Alice Cooper.” Gene Simmons claims “rock is dead,” so we all want to know what Coop has to say about it. Find out what he makes look easy and what band he would sing for if it wasn’t his own. New record coming from not only Alice Cooper, but also Hollywood Vampires. This dude is busy. Enjoy!
Every band started the same….small. At one point, they were all local bands playing to empty bars where the attendees were the bartenders. That’s the beauty of making it big; remembering how it started. I love being “Atlanta’s Rock Ambassador” because I get the honor of supporting the best talent in Atlanta and witnessing them at their start and following along with the journey. So many great bands have come out of Atlanta, such as Mastodon, Collective Soul, Tetrarch, Sevendust, The Black Crowes, etc. Another one of those great hometown bands that made it big is Blackberry Smoke! if you have never seen a live Blackberry Smoke show, you are missing out. Put it on your bucket list!
They just released a new single, “You See Georgia.” You got to love music that pays homage to the home state. This song is so good…check it out below!
Finally! After over a year of the runaround, we finally get new AC/DC! We know this album is a tribute to Malcolm Young and we can’t wait to hear it!
I respect the hell out of any musician wanting to broaden their musical horizon. As great as Five Finger Death Punch already is, lead singer Ivan Moody is trying to add guitar slasher to his list of talents. Hopefully, you have been following along on my blog, because he has recruited some insane talent to teach him. I guess that is the benefit of being a rock star; you know a lot of fellow rock stars. I think it would be really cool to hear Moody throwing in some riffs on the next album. Moody’s journey has come to an end. Did he, or did he not, learn how to play the guitar.
Check the last episode of Guitar Zero: Legends of the Fail here.
Tomorrow is Friday with a long holiday weekend included! Things to do and beers to drink. As always, make sure we are your soundtrack for whatever craziness the weekend brings. Even though we can’t go see live shows, it’s really cool to see the innovation from bands. They are coming out with some really cool stuff.
Bad Wolves just did an awesome cover of Linkin Park‘s “Crawling.” They’ve certainly proven that they can do a badass cover. Definitely grab their new album, “Nation,” but you can find their cover of “Crawling” HERE.
Five Finger Death Punch is another band that came out with a great album this year, “F8.” While we know that Ivan Moody is one hell of a singer, he’s documenting his journey of trying to learn guitar. I’m all for huge musicians playing to their weakness and trying to expand their musical talents. He actually started a series that documents the journey. It’s called “Guitar Zero: Legends of the Fail” and you can find the latest episode HERE.
Cheers to your weekend!