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Background information
OriginKennesaw, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Associated acts
Past members
  • Jimmy Stiff
  • Thomas Bettini
  • Ronnie Honeycutt

Jackyl is an American rock band formed in 1991.[1] Their sound has also been described as heavy metal and Southern metal. Their self titled debut album has sold more than a million copies in the United States with hit singles like "Down on Me" and "When Will it Rain". The band is best known for the song "The Lumberjack", which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree.


Dupree of Jackyl performing with son Nigel Thomas Dupree of Nigel Dupree Band
Chris Worley
Jeff Worley
Roman Glick

Debut album[edit]

In 1992, Jackyl's self-titled debut album was released under Geffen Records,[2] and eventually went platinum.[2] It features a song entitled "She Loves My Cock",[2] which was omitted from edited versions, as were suggestive elements on the album's cover art. When a Kmart in Georgia refused to sell Jackyl, the band played an impromptu concert in front of the store. Footage of the event was used for the music video of their single "I Stand Alone".

Push Comes to Shove[edit]

Their second album released in 1994 is titled Push Comes to Shove.[2] Also that year, the band appeared at Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, New York. The album contains the singles "Push Comes to Shove" and "Headed for Destruction".

Cut the Crap[edit]

Jackyl released Cut the Crap in 1997. Its hit song "Locked and Loaded" featured guest vocals from AC/DC's Brian Johnson. Johnson also teamed up with the band for their 2002 album Relentless.

Choice Cuts[edit]

The band's first greatest hits album, Choice Cuts, arrived in 1998. Geffen Records produced a music video for their cover of We're an American Band, a 1970s hit song by Grand Funk Railroad.

Stayin' Alive[edit]

Choice Cuts failed to revive the band's sales and touring success, so Geffen Records and JACKYL parted company. Later that year, Stayin' Alive was released by their new record-label, Shimmer Tone. Recognized as Jackyl's fourth studio album, of the eleven tracks, three are covers of other bands' songs, and three are live versions of previously-released songs.

Foot Fetish (solo album)[edit]

In 2000, lead singer Dupree recorded a solo album entitled Foot Fetish.[3]

"Open Invitation"[edit]

Less than a month after the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Jackyl recorded and released "Open Invitation", which received wide airplay and featured lyrics that included, "I hate you bin Laden" and "You’ve got an open invitation to kiss our ass." The song mixed in clips from George C. Scott's portrayal of George S. Patton giving a speech to his soldiers in the movie Patton and President George W. Bush reading from the Bible's Shepherd's Psalm Psalm 23:4. The band has described their song and lyrics as: "This song is written in the key of 'ANGER' that such a thing can happen in this country. It's not directed toward any religious group or race of people. It is directed toward those 'assholes' responsible."[4]


In 2002, Jackyl released Relentless and took part in the Rock Never Stops Tour. A music video for "Billy Badass" was made.

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jackyl[edit]

The following year, a second greatest hits compilation was produced entitled 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jackyl.

When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide[edit]

In 2010, the band released When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide, releasing several singles and music videos to promote it such as the hit "Just Like A Negro" featuring Run-D.M.C.

In December 2011 Dupree appeared in That Metal Show where talked about chainsaws, his recent injuries, marathon touring and all things of Jackyl with Sully Erna from Godsmack and Glenn Hughes as guests too.

Best in Show and concurrent release of Up to No Good by Nigel Dupree Band[edit]

Later on in 2012, the band started working on a new album, and laid down tracks for a song called "Screwdriver" which is to be released on their album Best in Show[5] on July 31, 2012.[6] For the first time, in honor of Father's Day, Jackyl and Nigel Dupree Band (the latter fronted by vocalist Nigel Thomas Dupree, son of Dupree) were releasing their studio albums simultaneously. Best in Show and Up to No Good (the latter being the 2012 album from the Nigel Dupree Band) were set to be released on July 31, 2012. The first singles from Best in Show and Up to No Good, titled "Screwdriver" and "Tumbleweed", respectively, were issued concurrently on June 17, 2012, with an add date at radio of June 26, 2012.[7] It also was released "Favorite Sin" as radio single charting No. 42 in US Mainstream Rock Chart.

Rowyco [edit]

In May 2016, the ensemble announced that they plan to release a studio album entitled Rowyco in the latter part of the year.[8] The album was released on August 5, 2016. *Rated as one of the top 5 best rock albums of 2016/2017.

Guinness World Records[edit]

Jackyl has set two Guinness world records, one for playing 100 concerts in 50 days, and one for performing 21 concerts in a 24-hour period.[9][10]

Full Throttle Saloon[edit]

Dupree and Jackyl can now be seen regularly on TruTV's Full Throttle Saloon, a reality show which documents the happenings at the famous South Dakota saloon during the crazy days of the Sturgis bike rally. Dupree is close friends with the saloon owner, Mike Ballard, and also produces the show.

Current band members[edit]

  • Jesse James Dupree - Lead vocals, Guitar, Gas Chainsaw, tambourine, megaphone
  • Jeff Worley- Guitar, backing vocals
  • Roman Glick - Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Worley - Drums

Former band members[edit]

  • Jimmy Stiff - Guitar, backing vocals
  • Ronnie Honeycutt - Vocals
  • Thomas Bettini - Bass
  • Cliff Witherspoon - Bass


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album US US Heat. US Indie Certification Label
1992 Jackyl 76 1 - Platinum Geffen
1994 Push Comes to Shove 46 - - Gold Geffen
1997 Cut the Crap 133 - - - Epic
1998 Stayin' Alive - - - - Shimmer Tone
2002 Relentless - - 41 - Humidity
2010 When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide 192 - 31 - Mighty Loud
2012 Best in Show 84 - - - Mighty Loud
2016 Rowyco[8] 181 - - - Mighty Loud

Other albums[edit]

Year Album US US Heat. US Indie Certification Label
1996 Night of the Living Dead [live] - - - - Mayhem
1998 Choice Cuts [best-of] - - - - Geffen
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jackyl - - - - Geffen
2004 Live at the Full Throttle Saloon - - - - Sanctuary
2014 10 Live! [11] - - - - Sanctuary Records Group


Year Title US Main UK[12] Album
1992 "The Lumberjack" 24 - Jackyl
"I Stand Alone" 32 -
"Down on Me" 10 -
"Dirty Little Mind" 35 -
1993 "When Will it Rain" 11 -
1994 "Push Comes to Shove" 7 90 Push Comes to Shove
"Headed for Destruction" 35 -
1997 "Dumb Ass Country Boy" Cut the Crap
"Locked and Loaded (ft. Brian Johnson)" 15 -
"Open Up" - -
1998 "We're an American Band" 31 - Choice Cuts
2002 "Kill the Sunshine" 39 - Relentless
2009 "My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass" - - When Moonshine and Dynamite Collides
2010 "She's Not a Drug" - -
"Just Like a Negro (ft. DMC)" - -
2011 "Deeper in Darkness" - -
2012 "Screwdriver" - - Best in Show
2013 "Favorite Sin" 42 -
2016 "Rally" - - Rowyco
"Blast Off" - -
"Just Because I'm Drunk" - -


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  7. ^ ""Jackyl Frontman And Son Releasing Songs For Father's Day"". Antimusic.com. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
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