Jelly Roll reflects on rock success: “I think it’s so cool”

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After hitting #1 at rock radio last year with “Dead Man Walking,” Jelly Roll is proving his crossover to the rock world wasn’t a fluke.

His current single, “Need a Favor,” currently sits at #3 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, sandwiched between songs by Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold.

“Aw dude, I love it, man,” Jelly Roll tells ABC Audio of his rock success. “I think it’s so cool to be able to kinda tread both [rock and country] waters.”

“I’m just excited for the way music’s evolving anyway,” he adds. “Like I tell people, I just make the music, I let them pick the box.”

As it turns out, the idea of combining genres has been with Jelly Roll for a long time, dating back to a significant music memory.

“I went to Lollapalooza in 1997. It’s the first concert I ever went to,” Jelly Roll recalls. “And I’m glad that was my first concert because it made me understand that Snoop Dogg, Korn, Prodigy and Damian Marley could be on the same stage in front of the same 15,000 people, and every one of ’em work.”

“Need a Favor” appears on Jelly Roll’s new album, Whitsitt Chapel, which dropped last Friday.

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