Blackie Jackett Jr. has been incredible, thanks for asking, thank for having us!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dorothy”?
Dorothy was written about ten years ago. It was started the hallway of a Manhattan hotel and it was finished in the locker room of an arena in Colorado. It’s the kind of song that could only be written on the road.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yeah, I suppose. It happens – you meet someone that gets you acting sideways and you know you better run or you’ll do something crazy. Hard to say if it’s a love song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we shot a Live video as part of our YouTubeLIVE session. There will ultimately be two videos. Two versions. One that is entirely LIVE visuals and audio and another that we cut to the album track with a few more edits.
The single comes off your new album For A Good Time Call – what’s the story behind the title?
If you call us for a gig, you’re not calling for a concert, you’re calling for a good time. We’re very encouraging of letting it loose. Bar owners love us because we have a good time and sell a lot of beer. We accept no responsibility for your hangover but we’ll help get you there.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well, this album took 10 years to make and 6 years to realize we were doin’ it. The last time it was just two of us, this time we had Sandra and Jimmy. The whole thing sounded bigger and better right away so then we just relaxed and made a record that we felt was “Country”.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical background or rather a continuation?
Our roots, as musicians, is Rock and Roll but the values and the essence of trying to write a good song is the same. Country and Rock have a lot of overlap it’s almost like playing in the same puddle just a different kind of mud.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The inspiration comes from the silliest of places. Mostly the drunken ramblings of friends and family. I wake up the next day and flip through the Notes on my phone a nonsensical nightmare of words but then there’ll be that one sentence that jumps out. ‘That could be a song’ then you pick up the guitar and go.
Any plans to hit the road?
We really want to take it on the road but none of us wants to drive. We’re working it out.
What else is happening next in Blackie Jackett Jr’s world?
We’ve got an animated video in the works for a song called Daytime Drunks. We’ve got the beginnings of a thought of a big BlackieJackettJr Christmas Drinkstraveganza but it’s early stages. And then a bunch of shows we can’t really talk about.