Hot on the Heels of a New Album, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack Brings the Groove to the Interstate Food Truck Festival.
By Kate Rader
After 29 years of hard rock attitude, groovy bass lines, comical music videos, and high-energy live shows, Jimi Haha—the lead singer/guitarist of Jimmie’s Chicken Shack—still has plenty of tricks up his tattooed sleeve. With a ripened sound and (slightly) new lineup, the Maryland-based band is ready to release a new album and once again rock your world.
In 1997, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack released its major-label debut, Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope—propelling them into the mainstream after two singles, “High” and “Dropping Anchor” gained heavy rotation on alt-rock radio and MTV. Their unique sound is hard to define, with elements of rock, reggae, ska, metal, funk, blues, and grunge deftly combined. They’ve been called “Post-grunge,” the “Heaviest non-heavy metal band,” “Funk-metal,” and more, but founder Jimi Haha prefers the more colloquial term “’Mutt Rock’—because it really is a mix of so many genres,” he says.
Prior to “High” and “Dropping Anchor” reaching #10 and #30 respectively on the Billboard Active Rock Chart, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack recorded three albums under their own label, Fowl Records: Chicken Scratch and Spit Burger Lottery, bundled on one CD called 2 For 1 Special, and Giving Something Back (Live). Two years after the success of Salmanilla, the band recorded Bring Your Own Stereo under the Rocket Records label, with the track “Do Right”—a song influenced by two ex-girlfriends—peaking at #12 on the Billboard Alternative Chart.
The band released three more records: Slow Change E.P., Re.Present, and Fail on Cue in 2008 before focusing on solo projects and playing live. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack’s current lineup includes band founder, lead singer, and guitarist Jimi Haha; Island Styles on guitar and vocals; Christian Valiente on bass and vocals; Jerome Maffeo on drums and vocals; and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Matt Jones, who played with the band Cowboy Mouth for several years before rejoining Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. Island Styles is known for his performances with Candlebox, a multi-platinum band whose ‘90s grunge hit “Far Behind” peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, after spending almost a year on the chart.
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack has a full tour schedule and headlines the first night of the 2022 Interstate Food Truck Festival in Hagerstown on Saturday, August 13. The show comes right on the heels of the release of their new album, called 2econds, with a new video for their first single, “Simple Concept.”
If you haven’t seen them live, their incredibly devoted fan base will be happy to fill you in on what you’ve been missing. Jimi says fun is what keeps them motivated to bring the crowd an exhilarating experience at every single show. “We never have a set list, no show is the same. We just figure out what we are playing as the show goes. We really feel like we are just hanging out and having a conversation with the audience.”
For up-to-date album and tour information, visit: facebook.com/JimmiesChickenShack.
TEMPT YOUR TASTEBUDS AT THE 2022 INTERSTATE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Get ready to take a flavor trip around the world at the inaugural Interstate Food Truck Festival! Nosh on food and desserts from over 20 food trucks and enjoy local beer & wine. Come for the food, stay for the fun as there will be a sizzling lineup of live entertainment, general vendors, axe throwing, games, and a huge Kids Zone, all supporting the Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League.
General Admission and General Admission with Unlimited Beer and Wine tickets are available. Visit WiYNN.com to purchase or for more information.
Washington County Ag Ed Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Md.
Saturday, Aug. 13
12 p.m. – Super Spreader
2:30 p.m. – Audio Façade
5 p.m. – Shake The Room
8 p.m. – Jimmie’s Chicken Shack
Sunday, Aug. 14
11 A.M.–5 P.M.
11 a.m. – Maryland Institute of Music
1 p.m. – Staff Infection
3:30 p.m. – The Reagan Years