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Meet Jagertown: Rockin' Country Band from Salt Lake City
Jagertown is a country-rock band out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Although that may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of Alabama (the band) style southern rock, trust me when I say that this band can bring it. If you have never seen them perform live, you can easily get a sense of their high energy stage presence just by watching their videos. But it all fits, considering they will tell you they sing for the average working man who wants to have a beer and a good time at the end of a long work week.
The band is currently out promoting their latest single “She Won’t Be Lonely,” which is an uptempo song about a girl who is so amazing she will never have to find herself alone. “She Won’t Be Lonely” is also the lead single from their fourth studio album called Small Town Superstars, which carries the same intense energy all the way through start to finish despite closing with a slower paced ballad. You can listen for yourself at the Jagertown website. Or you can enjoy some of their music here as you read more about the band and what makes them tick.
How Did You Become a Band?
We were all involved in different projects in Salt Lake at first, but we started in on a writing project together. So the song “Jagertown” actually came before the band name did. Then once we had about four or five songs recorded we thought it sounded really good, so we started playing at some shows, hoping for a few nationals, before we even had a name for the band. So, yeah, we tried the song-writing thing just to see where it went and then we did the live shows and thought, “This is too much fun; let’s keep this going.” We adopted the name Jagertown, which is the title track of our first album. It’s a fun party song. ..and, you know, there’s a ton of country songs about drinking and beer, but if anyone has ever had Jagermeister, now there’s a song for you too. But anyway, that’s how we all came together. We were all friends working on different projects and then we started working together. Now the band has been our focus ever since.
Has Jagertown Always Been Composed of the Same Five People?
Yes, with the exception of the guitar player, who joined about five years ago.
How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Well, our old profile used to say we are a cross between rock and country. I would say that what’s cool about Jagertown is that we are a band, so it is definitely an upbeat-blue collar sound, I would say. It is definitely the working man’s kind of country. We play in a lot of small towns and after parties, just really trying to connect with people who work all week and need to unwind and turn it up loud on the weekends. In fact, we just wrote a song along those lines called “That’s Why I Drink.”
Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years? Do You Feel Your Band Has That Kind of Longevity?
Yeah, I think we do. The first three years are the hardest, right? You know, honestly, I hope to see more success with our name. When you work this hard, you want to get a song to catch fire. Something to tie your name indefinitely to country radio and to a song. Breaking in is tons of hard work, especially when you’re out on the road a lot trying to do it yourself. So I could see us taking it to the next level. Bigger and better shows, more talent, more people, more attention for the song and any songs afterward. That’s really what any musician wants, I think, at that level.
Do You Feel You Face Any Unique Challenges As a Band, As Opposed to Flying Solo?
Well, the strengths are probably the same, but the challenges are a little bit different. Any time that you have, say, one person or two people that are pushing a product you have to surround yourself with other people who are on board. With us, we have five people who have all been working on the same product for so long that it is awesome. We feel like there is a natural camaraderie there. So when it gets a little difficult and you have to dig a little deeper to figure out what’s next, there is a collaborative effort to get to the next level. That’s kind of why I think we have been able to get as far as we have. It’s just all of us together and I think Nashville and country music in general is ready for another band. There hasn’t been a real, full, big band for a little while I think. A lot of people call themselves a band, but I think there is mostly one guy surrounded by great players. But I am talking about an era when there were a lot of great bands like Lonestar and Alabama. And I think that country music is kind of primed for that, so we are hoping that people hear us and like what they hear. Plus, it’s nice when your friends become your family; we’re together so often.
What Is a Typical Day With Your Band Like?
Awesome. Every day is a little bit different. This particular tour, though, is all about radio. So we have spent a couple of nights playing at casinos and then the last few days we have just been hitting the road, going to a lot of different stations throughout the Midwest here. We have visited a variety of people. People who are already playing our music, people who are thinking about playing our music. . . So we’re doing that for a few days and then it will go back to being radio in the morning and performances at night for a bit. And that is kind of what it looks like. You’re to bed late after a show and then up early. You’re headed to the radio station, maybe get a little break in between, go do sound checks, and then do it all over again. Sometimes one drive is further than the next one. But that’s pretty much what it looks like.
It’s cool, though, when every now and then we get a day off while we’re out and we get to go be tourists. But that’s kind of a rarity. You always get to meet people, though, which is awesome. Especially when they come up to us and say things like, “Man, I really like that song!” or tell us their stories. That’s what it’s really all about.
Do You Take Your Family On the Road or Do You Keep Your Work Life Separate From Your Personal Life?
Yeah, everybody’s got to juggle something. But there are no families of any kind or boyfriends or girlfriends out on the bus with us. When we’re out, we’re out working and it is similar to other jobs, I imagine, where people don’t follow other people when they go to work. But you know, you miss your people and your significant other, and thank goodness for FaceTime. And you always look forward to seeing them when you get back home.
Is There Anything Else You Want Fans to Know?
Yes, if you hear our new song and you like it or love it, call the radio stations and request it. Say hi to us on Facebook or Twitter. Download the song on iTunes and follow us on the website. Let us know what you think of it!
More Information About Jagertown
- Jagertown Official Web Site
Jagertown is a rockin' coutnry band the tours the united states and is currently charting at #69 music row with the single
- Read more from this interview at the Country Music Notes website.