Ol’ Dwayne Johnson has proven time and time again just how much he’s into country music. He’s talked before about being a big fan of traditional country, praising artists like Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks and Jamey Johnson. And recently he even honored the late, great Loretta Lynn alongside Kelly Clarkson with a karaoke version of “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).”
Well apparently The Rock is also a pretty big fan of rising country star Jelly Roll, and took to Instagram to praise the genre-bending artist’s new album Whitsitt Chapelthat was released last week.
In the post, Johnson called Jelly Roll a “real authentic artist,” and said that his music had helped him get through a rough patch in his life in the past:
“I’m so f’n proud of my brother Jelly Roll for his latest achievement of his phenomenal new album WHITSITT CHAPEL.
My guy is blowing up the industry and moving the crowds. He’s a real authentic artist who brings PASSION & MANA to his music – and he brings a joy and gratitude that can only come from experience and living the life.
Many years ago, before he blew up, his music helped me get a through a rough patch in my life. I’ll never forget it. Grateful.
Proud of you my brother – keep doing it big and keep lifting the people up.
We’ll get our asses down to Music Row and pop that Teremana baby.
Everybody download this album!!! Listen to it and you’ll understand why. We’ve all been there…”
It’s been a huge week for Jelly Roll, who not only released his debut country album with Whitsitt Chapel but also premiered his Hulu documentary, Jelly Roll: Save Me, and held an album release concert at the Ryman Auditorium before flying out to New York to perform on Good Morning America on Friday.
Seems like Jelly Roll’s stock is only going to keep rising – and a shoutout from The Rock definitely doesn’t hurt.