If you live in Nashville, love the music scene, and haven’t heard of Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys, you’ve been hiding out under a rock! Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys have been around, been working hard, and have made quite a name for themselves on the Nashville Rock/New Grass/Rockabilly circuit.
Headed by singer/guitarist Jane Rose, with Clay Miller on banjo/mandolin, J.D. on drums, and Johnny Fargo on bass, they bring their trademark style of Rock and Roll out in full force wherever they play. Personally, I have had the privilege of seeing them live multiple times, and their shows never get dull. They never lose steam!
I had the opportunity to interview Miss Jane Rose and here is what she had to say to me about the band.
Q. How would you describe your music to a “Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys” newbie?
A. It’s like a fresh punch in the face! Ha! Ha! Seriously, it’s a mixture of Rockabilly, Hillbilly music, and Rock and Roll with a twist of Rhythm and Blues and a hint of Real Country.
Q. What can you tell me about your band’s history? Did any of y’all play with any local bands before joining “Jane Rose?”
A. Clay (banjo) played with a local group called “The Community Band,” JD (drums) played with local bands “Cheetah Palomina,” “Something Quick Band,” “Stark Naked,” and “The Car Thieves.” I’ve only been in Nashville a few years and this is my first Nashville band, but before that I put together a band in St. Louis, Missouri called “Bible Belt Sinners” and in Louisville, Kentucky I was in “The Jane Rose Band.”
Q. If you had to make a top 3 of favorite musicians, who would they be?
A. Honestly, we all listen to such a wide range of music picking a top three is hard! Depends on the genre and mood! But the first three that come to mind are Wanda Jackson, Buddy Guy and Harry Fontana, a local Rockabilly artist!
Q. So far, who has been your favorite band to play a show with and why?
A. OMG that’s a tough one! I don’t think I could possibly answer with just one band! We have stories and friendships with everyone we’ve played with! One show or band may pop into my head but then another quickly follows; no way to choose a favorite! I asked the guys and we put our head together and made a list! We loved playing with “Unknown Hinson,” Run For Your Lives (5k zombie obstacle coarse, lots of mud, awesome music and ZOMBIES), Vintage Torque Fest (a car and bike show in Iowa) Redneck Rumble (local car and bike show in Lebanon), “Three Bad Jacks,” “Koffin Kats,” “Goddamn Gallows”… OK, I’ll stop there, but the list goes on and on!
Q. When and where is your next show?
A. The Flying Saucer in Nashville on November 30th! Show starts at 8:00PM and it’s FREE! We are slowing down this winter to work on the van, the new album, and the new music video, so not much booked until February and that’s at the Indianapolis Motorama. However, we certainly won’t turn down a gig and are always adding shows to our schedule, so keep tabs on our website www.janerosemusic.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/janeroseandthedeadends for updates!