No. 36

September 01, 2016

Jimmie's Chicken Shack is an American alternative rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. They emerged through MTV as one of the first post-grunge bands of the era. Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope, released in 1997, was their first major label studio album. An AllMusicReview stated "Jimmie's Chicken Shack is the type of name one would expect from either a country act or Southern-fried country-rockers, but Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope hardly falls into either of those categories. Rather, this promising debut album shows Chicken Shack to be hard-driving alternative rockers whose music is as intense as it is melodic. This is a band that gets much of its aggression from metal, punk and alternative, but isn't afraid to incorporate elements of everything from Middle Eastern music to psychedelic rock, funk and rap." The song "School Bus" from this album can be found on our very own MMM Radio.

THe bands second album Bring Your Own Stereo was released by Island Defjam in 1999. The time between the two major releases was a troubled time for the band internally. There were several changes of members and also trouble with the major label as they were shunted from Rocket/Island to Rocket/A&M then back to Rocket/Island and after the sale of Polygram to Universal Music Group, they were moved onto Island Defjam. "Do Right", "Trash" and "Lazy Boy Dash" were singles released from B.Y.O.S. "Do Right" was the first single released and the only JCS music video to make it onto MTV's Total Request Live with Carson Daly. "Trash" never received much airplay but was played live on music show on the USA Network. A promo single of "Lazy Boy Dash" was released when it was featured in the 2000 movie The In Crowd. "Ooh" was featured in the 2000 movie Pay It Forward.

With early releases of B.Y.O.S, there was a card to mail to Fowl Records for a free copy of the Slow Change EP. This EP is rare, but can still be occasionally found. The tour for this album included dates playing with bands such as 311, Creed, Fuel, Finger Eleven, and Joydrop.In January 2000, the band received arguably its highest compliment to date when it was chosen as openers for 311. Fresh off a New Years show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Omaha, Nebraska quintet announced a month-plus long, 27-show tour, spanning from February 21 to March 29, with Jimmie's Chicken Shack as the sole opening act (including one special guest appearance by Incubus at a Winstom-Salem show).

After fighting for nearly three years to get released from Island Defjam, they released re.present on Koch Records in April 2004. "Falling Out" (featuring Aaron Lewis of Staind) was the only single released from re.present. A music video was made for the single and received limited airplay through various outlets. The bands 4th album Fail On Cue was released in January 2008 on Fowl Records. The lineup consisted of Jimi HaHa - vocals, guitars; Matt Jones - guitars; Christian Valiente - bass; and Jerome Maffeo - drums. Some of the new songs being performed live that appeared on the album are "Mutha Luvas," "The Quiet Ones," "Another Great Idea," and "Making Babies." The album also included the band's second studio recorded cover of a song, Fugazi's "Waiting Room".

Now-a- days live performances of Jimmie's Chicken Shack are rare and this month they take the stage at Rams Head live in Annapolis, MD on September 17th. Tickets are available through Ticketfly for $35. Don't miss out on a great band and good time.

Jimmie's Chicken Shack at Rams Head Live

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