Jelly Roll has a new album on the way.
He just announced that a project called Whitsitt Chapel will be out everywhere on June 2nd.
It’s nostalgically named for the church the Antioch-native grew up attending in Nashville, Tennessee, and he’s been teasing fans this week on social media this week with images of the chapel’s outdoor sign featuring lyrics from the album:
When I started seeing him post those church signs, I was immediately intrigued, because I think that imagery alone is something a lot of people can relate to, especially if you grew up in the South.
Signs like that are everywhere, sprinkled on pretty much every single back road in any given state, and it’s cool to know that a place that meant so much to him as a child was a large part of the inspiration for this new record:
Anywho, Jelly, whose real name is Jason DeFord, says this album represents all the growth and gratitude he has in life right now, adding that he wants to give hope to people with “real problems”:
“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful.
I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music.
Real music for real people with real problems.”
If it wasn’t obvious by the name, Jelly Roll is a rapper from Music City who recently got into making country music, and scored his first career hit at country radio with “Son Of A Sinner” last year.
He actually has a pretty incredible personal comeback story, spending much of his early life in Nashville in and out of the prison system.
He first entered the juvenile system at the age of 14, and spent his late teens and early 20s going in and out of jail on charges like aggravated robbery and drug possession with intent to deliver.
Flash forward to now, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2021, and not too long ago, played a massive sold-out hometown show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena… and donated every penny to the same juvenile center he was once incarcerated in.
Needless to say, he’s one of the good guys in the music industry, and I’m certainly intrigued to hear what he has coming for us in June:
“My new album WHITSITT CHAPEL drops June 2nd — you can presave it now everywhere you stream music. CD’s and Vinyl’s and exclusive bundles are available to preorder on my website Jellyroll615.com”
His current single at radio, “Need A Favor,” will also be included on the 13-song tracklist:
JELLY ROLL BACKROAD BAPTISM TOUR DATES:
Fri Jul 28 — Southaven, MS — BankPlus Amphitheater*
Sat Jul 29 — Alpharetta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheater*
Sun Jul 30 — Orange Beach, AL — The Wharf Amphitheater*
Tue Aug 01 — Huntsville, AL — Orion Amphitheater*
Thu Aug 03 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater+
Fri Aug 04 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center!
Sat Aug 05 — Bangor, ME — Maine Savings Amphitheater!
Tue Aug 08 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion!
Wed Aug 09 — Bridgeport, CT — Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater*
Fri Aug 11 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live>
Sat Aug 12 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach>
Tue Aug 15 — Burgettstown, PA — The Pavilion at Star Lake<
Thu Aug 17 — Clarkston, MI — Pine Knob Music Theater<
Fri Aug 18 — Milwaukee, WI — American Family Insurance Amphitheater<
Sat Aug 19 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre>
Tue Aug 22 — Evansville, IN — Ford Center*
Thu Aug 24 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP*
Fri Aug 25 — Omaha, NE — CHI Health Center>
Sat Aug 26 — Kansas City, MO — T-Mobile Center>
Tue Aug 29 — Lubbock, TX — United Supermarket Arena#
Wed Aug 30 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater#
Fri Sep 01 — Las Vegas, NV — MGM Grand Garden Arena#
Sat Sep 02 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre#
Sun Sep 03 — Greenwood Village, CO — Fiddler’s Green<~
Tue Sep 05 —Rapid City, SD — Summit Arena at The Monument*
Wed Sep 06 — Bozeman, MT — Brick Breeden Fieldhouse*
Tue Sep 12 — Bend, OR — Hayden Homes Amphitheater *
Thu Sep 14 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion$
Fri Sep 15 — Bakersfield, CA — Mechanics Bank Arena$
Tue Sept 19 — Oklahoma City, OK — Paycom Center>
Thu Sep 21 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater>
Fri Sep 22 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^$
Sat Sep 23 — Dallas, TX — Dos Equis Pavilion$
Tue Sep 26 — Tupelo, MS — Cadence Bank Arena*
Thu Sep 28 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center!
Fri Sep 29 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center!
Sat Sep 30 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center&
Tue Oct 03 — Charleston, WV — Charleston Coliseum*
Thu Oct 05 — Wilmington, NC — Live Oak Bank Pavilion*
Fri Oct 06 — Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum<
Tue Oct 10 — Lexington, KY — Rupp Arena< Thu Oct 12 Greenville, SC — Bon Secours Wellness Arena#
Fri Oct 13 — Jacksonville, FL — VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena#
Sat Oct 14 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre# ^
*With Support from Struggle Jennings, Caitlynne Curtis, & Josh Adam Meyers
+With Support from Merkules, Struggle Jennings, & Josh Adam Meyers !With Support from Elle King, Struggle Jennings, & Josh Adam Meyers
>With Support from Ashley McBryde, Struggle Jennings, & Josh Adam Meyers
#With Support from Chase Rice, Struggle Jennings, & Josh Adam Meyers
$With Support from Three 6 Mafia, Struggle Jennings, & Josh Adam Meyers
&With Support from Struggle Jennings, & Josh Adam Meyers
Additional Live Performances:
Fri Sep 08 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater – Support for Eric Church
Sat Sep 09 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre – Support for Eric Church
Sun Sep 10 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre – Support for Eric Church
Sat Sep 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre – Support for Eric Church