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Jimmie's Chicken Shack – The 2016 Tour
Jimmie's Chicken Shack will be coming to Rams Head Live in Baltimore this January. Don't miss out on your chance to see one of the most fascinating, underappreciated alternative post grunge bands of the '90s. Jimmie's Chicken Shack's performance will only be enhanced by the state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting of Rams Head Live, which is Baltimore's latest addition to the live music scene. Don't miss out on your chance to see Jimmie's Chicken Shack live in what could be their only performance of the year! Get your tickets today.
About Jimmie's Chicken Shack
Jimmie's Chicken Shack combine elements of reggae and ska with funk-metal, as well as an unexpected acoustic prowess. Lead singer Jimmy HaHa was raised in Maryland and signed on with a band called Ten Times Big for a number of years. After the group broke up, HaHa spent two years on the snowboarding circuit, and then started holding acoustic jams with his friends. He recruited guitarist Dave "Double D" Dowling, bassist and longtime friend Che' Lemon, and Ten Times Big drummer Jim Chaney to form Jimmie's Chicken Shack. Working out of Annapolis, the band established their own Fowl Records label and issued Give Something Back. After they sold tens of thousands of albums in the Baltimore area, the band signed a contract with Elton John's Rocket Records and issued their major-label debut album, Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope. They were still involved with their own label as well, and dropped The Original Recipe, a set of early recordings. This was followed by Bring Your Own Stereo in 1999. A five-year gap preceded the arrival of Re.present in 2004.
HaHa knew that guitar was his calling since he was 12 years old and saw his cousin get his first electric. HaHa was awed. Back then, he had been listening to the Beach Boys and the Beatles. He never had much patience for lessons, but he had to keep himself interested in practicing, which he did by listening to Black Sabbath albums. To him, reading music is just looking at a bunch of squares and lines. He eventually realized that if he learned a lot of other people's music, he would never find his own sound. After he figured out a few AC/DC songs, he immediately started writing his own material.
Double D started on an acoustic at the age of 14. His father got him an electric guitar shortly afterwards. At first, he was into everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Steve Wai to Elton John. Once he got to college, he found some bands that he really liked. That's when he met HaHa, who introduced him to the wild side of music. Growing up, Double D spent a lot of time playing the transcriptions in the guitar magazines he bought. Once someone helped him find an A chord, he was off and running. He would just hang out in his bedroom and teach himself new material, and admits that he was a bit of a dork. He attributes his intense dedication to being a late bloomer. He would have his homework done right after school by 3 p.m. so that he could play guitar until midnight. The moment he decided to dedicate himself to the guitar was one day after college. He came home, and both his parents were there. His father asked if Double D was ever going to get a real job. His mom replied that her son would never wear a suit, never get a job, and never be what his father wanted him to be, so they should just accept Double D for what he is. It was as if Double D suddenly had a green light to play music for a living, and he has never looked back.
Jimmie's Chicken Shack's hits include the singles "High" (1997), "Dropping Anchor" (1998), and "Do Right" (1999). They also released two charting albums, Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope (1997) and Bring Your Own Stereo (1999).
Jimmie's Chicken Shack is the kind of name you would expect from either Southern-fried country-rockers or a straight-up country act, but Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope certainly doesn't fall into either of these categories. Instead, this promising album debut shows Jimmie's Chicken Shack to be hard-edged alternative rockers whose songs are intense as they are melodic. As abrasive and metallic as things become on "High", "Milk", "Dropping Anchor", and other cuts, Jimmie's Chicken Shack have a strong sense of melody that rarely lets the four-piece down. This is a group that derives much of its aggressions from alternative, punk, and metal, but they aren't afraid to incorporate sounds from everything from rap, funk, psychedelic rock, and Middle Eastern music. Many of frontman Jimmy HaHa's lyrics are pretty substantial – "Blood" addresses the dangers of unprotected sex, while "Outhouse" speaks of environmental concerns. A tune that many single people would have related to in the '90s, "Blood" examines having an overwhelming need for intimacy while knowing that wanton sex could potentially mean your death. Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope makes you pleasantly excited for future releases from Jimmie's Chicken Shack.
Bring Your Own Stereo is, at heart, a party album. The sonic components would be right at home in a stoner's basement, a Corona commercial, or a frat house. Using mostly sing-a-long structures and upbeat tempos, Jimmie's Chicken Shack blend interchangeable elements of poppy acoustics, post grunge simplicity, funk metal, surf rock, and even shoegaze laid over a barrage of quasi power ballads and good time stoner anthems. The disparate genre elements are dispersed throughout the album with no obvious order, but the intent is obvious. Jimmie's Chicken Shack were not aiming for depth, and though they ironically attained it in some spots, the final product most closely resembles a Sugar Ray set given a set of teeth and a sorely needed shot of talent.
The 2000 film Pay It Forward featured Jimmie's Chicken Shack's song "Ooh".
The Jimmie's Chicken Shack Concert Experience
Prepare yourself for a show that will take you back to the best of the '90s. Jimmie's Chicken Shack consistently put on one of the most aggressive, cathartic, and bittersweet shows in the industry as they roll through their extensive repertoire of alternative rock hits. Jimmie's Chicken Shack's unique flair for showmanship and their incorporation of diverse musical elements make their concert an experience not to be missed.