JACKYL (1991–PRESENT). Jesse James Dupree (vocals), Jeff Worley (guitar), Jimmy Stiff (guitar), Tom Bettini (bass), Chris Worley (drums).
Playing heavy rock in the early nineties, Georgia’s Jackyl were automatically categorized by the industry as hair metal, but their roots were more in the boogie rock that informed much of Southern rock, and they were in many ways misunderstood by many potential fans. Nonetheless, enough rock fans got the message to support the band as they released a series of quality albums through the rest of the decade. Unfortunately, they are probably best remembered for their somewhat corny novelty hit “The Lumberjack” from their self-titled 1992 debut on Geffen Records, which featured a chain saw solo! After several successful tours, and 1994’s follow-up, Push Comes to Shove, the hair metal label that they had been saddled with made it difficult to market the band, and the band’s mainstream popularity waned significantly. After leaving Geffen and moving through a number of other labels, the band settled into a more modest and sporadic schedule of recording and touring, most recently releasing Live at the Full Throttle Saloon on Sanctuary Records in 2004.
Discography: Jackyl (Geffen, 1992); Push Comes to Shove (Geffen, 1994); Night of the Living Dead [live] (Mayhem, 1996); Cut the Crap (Sony, 1997); Stayin’ Alive (Shimmering Tone, 1998); Relentless (Humidity, 2002); Live at the Full Throttle Saloon (Sanctuary, 2004); Choice Cuts (Geffen, 1998); 20th Century Masters—The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jackyl (Interscope, 2003).