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Blacktop Mojo | Second Leg of U.S Tour

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About Black Top Mojo

A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo's fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between SoundgardenBlack Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by front-man Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Kenneth Irwin. They released their debut album, I Am, in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters, including Bon JoviSammy HagarCandleboxDarryl “DMC” McDanielsShaman’s HarvestPop EvilPuddle of Mudd, and Drowning Pool.

In 2017, the band teamed up with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnsonfor their highly anticipated sophomore outing Burn the Ships. The album was released via the band’s label, Cuhmon Records, in March of that year to critical acclaim, and it’s first single, “Where The Wind Blows” reached #27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, while the band was on its first U.S. tour that fall. Through that tour, they landed a slot on 2018’s Rock Fest, featuring headliners DisturbedIncubus, and Godsmack, among many other industry leading hard rock acts.

At the beginning of 2018, the band has started work on its third full length release, as well as touring to support the second radio single from, Burn The Ships.

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Burn The Ships Track Listing: 
1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On
13. Underneath

We are beyond excited to be heading back out on tour and rocking out with the Mojo Nation. Not to mention, we will be sharing the stage on select dates with Gemini Syndrome, Shaman’s Harvest, and Black Stone Cherry.
— Blacktop Mojo

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Tour Dates
07/12 @ Rock Fest - Cadott, WI
07/13 @ Nikki's - Sturgis
07/14 @ Machine Shop - Flint, MI
07/15 @ The Outpost - Kent, OH
07/18 @ Hooligan's - Jacksonville, NC
07/19 @ Purple Buffalo - Charleston, SC
07/20 @ Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
07/21 @ Soundbar - Orlando, FL
07/22 @ Kelly's Live - Sarasota, FL
07/26 @ Rusty's - Cape Coral, FL
07/27 @ Crowbar - Tampa, FL
07/28 @ Southport Hall - New Orleans, LA
07/31 @ El Rey - Albuquerque, NM
08/01 @ Globe Hall - Denver, CO
08/03 @ Iron Horse Saloon - Sturgis, SD
08/04 @ Icon Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD
08/05 @ What's Up Lounge - Mankato, MN
08/07 @ The Annex - Madison, WI
08/08 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
08/09 @ The Monarch - Peoria, IL
08/10 @ The Landing - Topeka, KS
08/11 @ Pierre’s - Ft Wayne, IN

Photographing Jackyl

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JACKYL'S MUSIC VIDEOS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG

If you were ever wondering if the rock band Jackyl can still rock out and kick some ass, the answer is a loud rock filled resounding yes!  Jackyl has a huge following of fans and almost 205,000 likes on their facebook page, so yeah they are still kicking ass.   I first heard Jackyl in 1993 when I was entering high school.  I was watching MTV (yes kids, MTV still played music videos then) when this band came on and I heard the first guitar riff to "Down on Me".  I heard the chorus and then it happened, the song was locked in my brain.  I could not get it out of my head!   

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When I saw that Jackyl was on tour and playing a show in Raleigh I knew I had to reach out to them.  I contacted them through there Facebook page and was put in touch with someone who represented them.  I got my media pass and was excited to photograph an iconic rock band. Lead vocals Jesse James Dupree is the smiling rock singer you will see front and center.  His presence gives you this relaxed energy, this sort of feeling like you could grab a beer with him and talk about rock music and life for a few hours.  Oh,  and yes he still rocks out with the vocals and creates a really fun atmosphere when on stage.  Jeff Worley (lead guitar and backing vocals) kicked some pretty major ass.  He was great to photograph with energy and you could see he was putting it all on the table.  He played great and even tossed a pick into the crowd.  It fell at my feet so I picked it up and gave it to the fan it was supposed to go too.  

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Drummer Chris Worley was definitely kicking the shit out of the drums and I mean that in a really good way.  He was just as energetic and fun as the guys up front.  I did not hear him miss a beat and he brought the crowd in by engaging them.  It is important for a drummer to do that and he performed great. 

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Roman Glick (Bass Guitar/Backing vocals) was one of the most energetic, wild head banging, and slap happy bass beating guitarist I have seen in a long time.  He really brought his "A" game and just made the stage his own.  He was so much fun to photograph because he was just all over the place and was having a kick ass time. 

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My overall feel of there performance was great.  Jackyl did not disappoint.  They are a seasoned band that has seen the ups, downs and trends of rock and roll but have kept true to their rock roots.  The fans are always excited to see them and the crowd was pumped when they walked out onto the stage.  Jackyl even did there signature and well known "Chainsaw Solo" but I unfortunately did not get a picture of that because I had to leave.  I am bummed out I missed it but maybe next time when they are in town I will photograph them again!  Fingers crossed.  If you have the chance to go see Jackyl I would definitely tell you to go see them.  You won't be disappointed at all.  They  bring there "A" game and they can still rock with the best of them after all these years.  It was a pleasure photographing this band and I hope to see them play more shows in 2018.  Go see them!!! It is a kick ass rock experience!  
 

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Photographing Black River Rebels

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I got the chance to photograph South Carolina's own Black River Rebels.  They were the opening band for the Jackyl concert on January 19th at the Ritz in Raleigh.  I was unfamiliar with this band and was looking forward to hearing them.  The cool thing about photographing these shows is that you get the opportunity to hear new music and share it with everyone.  They came out to the stage with a passionate and unforgiving energy.  Each band member played their heart out giving us an enjoyable performance and kick ass sound.   Wade RazR (lead vocals) started belting out vocals with an intense rock enthusiasm you would normally see at huge rock venues.  The Ritz is not that big but they didn't care, they treated this as if it was a 20,000 standing room only stadium!  Wade danced, jumped and interacted with the fans to bring an immersive rock music experience.  Brad "Shotgun" Snipes (drums) made sure you heard his drums with every bass hit, symbol crash and his epic rock yells in between songs.  His energy was not stop and he made sure you felt it!  Robert Dirr (lead guitar/backing vocals) balanced ear screeching solos with rock god poses and towered over the crowd with each ripping shred.  David Disaster (Bass Guitar) was anything but a disaster.  I had never seen someone with a mo-hawk head-bang that much during a set.  He kept the deep pounding bass riffs in rythm while making sure he almost performed epic rock stances.  

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Watching the band on stage was a great experience.  Some bands do not keep the energy going and you start to see them drain towards the end of the show.  These guys did not stop and kept the energy at top speed the entire set.  They each looked like they were having a good time and that kept the fans interested.  Bands that can create a enthusiastic energy while playing awesome riffs with ripping vocals can entrance the audience.  Black River Rebels did a great show and kept me wanting to hear more and watch them more as the show went on.  

Check out the pictures below and go to their facebook page to see more or learn more.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/blackriverrebels/

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