EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere by Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre
Ever since Shooter Jennings and I started the XXX movement as a way to bring together artists who have been marginalized by both the mainstream corporate establishment and the so-called “indie” establishment, it has been my honor to come into contact with many great artists who are, as the slogan says, “too rock for country and too country for rock.” From The Imperial Rooster and Rachel Brooke to Robert Earl Reed and Last False Hope, the XXX movement is bringing a strong sense of community to the underground bands we love and today I am honored to help one of those bands premiere a brand new music video right here on No Depression.
Based out of Memphis, Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre have been tearing up the South for several years now and have won over fans in both honky-tonks and metal clubs with their energetic blend of old-school ’70s hard rock and rough-edged outlaw country. They’ve opened for guys like Shooter Jennings, Scott H. Biram, David Allan Coe, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Reverend Horton Heat, and the late, great Jim Dickinson. They are easily among the best of the new breed of Southern rockers and, like their musical heroes, are all about good times and loud guitars and are glad to see that this type of music is finally making a comeback.
“As far as XXX goes, I’m surprised no one thought of getting all these bands together before,” says singer and guitarist Joey Killingsworth, “It makes perfect sense to come together since there are so many bands on the fringe out there doing everything from punked out blues, country, southern sludge, etc. that are all doing shows together and playing the same places…Plus with Shooter playing us and a lot of the other ones on the show it is helping us reach a larger audience.”
This past Saturday on Sirius/XM Outlaw Country’s Electric Rodeo, the first program devoted entirely to XXX music, Shooter premiered their latest single: “Fever in My Mind,” a hard-driving rocker featuring Jim Dandy, the legendary front man of Black Oak Arkansas. The song is now available on iTunes and you can also download the band’s Live Bootleg, vol. 2 for free, but both of these are merely a foretaste of the level of awesome you get with their new video for “WWLD.”
This video is a throwback to the golden days of MTV. With a backwoods horror film storyline, religious undertones, IVs filled with Jack Daniels, and plenty of rock ‘n roll attitude, it represents everything that XXX is about.
“I think the video turned out insanely bad ass and beyond what I expected,” Killingsworth said, “[Director] Corduroy Wednesday did an amazing job with it and John Pickle was the perfect Lemmy as an action hero. He made it hilarious.”
The video is private and not listed in YouTube search results, so this is the only place where you can see it for now. I am very proud to help them spread this instant classic to the masses and without further adieu, here is the world premiere of the music video for Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre’s “WWLD.”