North Carolina Southern Rock band JIVE MOTHER MARY has released the official music video for their new single, “Hope It Ain’t That Bad.” Filmed and edited by Justin Gartman, “Hope It Ain’t That Bad” was recorded at Pentavarit Studios in Nashville, TN.
1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
-Hey Ya’ll! this is Mason. I started JMM 14-15 years ago with our drummer, Seth “Fluff” Aldridge. We were best buds when we were younger, and when we realized we both played music, there was no turning back! We played for a couple of years as a power-trio, and added our other guitarist, Tyler Schulz, right after High School. Our bassist, Keith Ingalls, has been with us about 3 and a half years now.
2. What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
-We recently headed out to Nashville, TN to record some new music. Our friend, Jay Tooke, works out of a studio there called Pentavarit. In the last month, we’ve released 2 singles and a video for one of the songs. We’ll be releasing the rest of the tunes soon.
3. With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2021?
-This pandemic has completely changed the way we have to do things. We are typically the band that is constantly on the road to get our music out there. Since that’s not possible right now, we’ve been focusing on creating more content and doing things like live-streams. We try to keep our social media pages stocked with interesting stuff. I honestly believe that even once touring starts back, live streams will still be a big thing.
4. What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself…”THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
-As long as I can remember, I have been into music. I got in trouble in kindergarten for standing on the picnic table at recess and singing “rock ‘n’ roll all night” by KISS. What got me into playing music was watching my dad‘s band practice at my house every week when I was 9 or 10. The first time I got to play on stage, I knew music was what I wanted to do.
5. Who was your first concert and what is your best memory
-My first concert was KISS at the Greensboro Coliseum on the 1999 psycho Circus tour. I was a huge fan, and it had a big impact on me. I still have the shirt I got at the merch table.My favorite concert would probably be when I saw “Them Crooked Vultures” in 2010.
6. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
-if I wasn’t playing music, I would probably be an engineer or a scientist of some sort. I always loved math and science in school, and to know the inner workings of things.
7. On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
-I think both of our new singles top the scale! I am proud of all of the songs we’ve released, and I like to think they show a progression musically and personally. I also think our new stuff is sonically the best sounding stuff we’ve released.
8. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?. -This is a tough one. It’s hard to choose which song is your favorite, especially when they all relate to your life. The lyrics to our tunes, for the most part, have a direction relation to something that’s happened to me. It’s impossible to say which the “best” song we have released, but I can say that I love the way our song “Home Is Where the Heart Is” is a musical piece unto itself. It has several parts, and I feel it really hits everything I want in one of our songs. I think our new single “Hope It Ain’t That Bad” is as catchy as anything we’ve ever written.
9. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
-You can always improve as a musician. I play guitar and sing every day, and try to constantly think of new ideas. You always have to keep the axe sharp!
10. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
-Hmm, they might be surprised to know that I got a chance to audition for Slash’s band when I was 19. You had to be 21 to get the gig, but still, what an experience!
11. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
-Interestingly enough, I was joking last week about how Crayola needs to make a crayon that is the color of the binding on vintage Gibson guitars. As it ages, it makes this color that is hard to describe, but instantly makes any guitar player go, “oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.” Either that or a nice deep blue.
12. Who are you inspired by?
-I take inspiration from all of the greats that we have all grown up listening to. In recent years, I have been incredibly inspired by my talented friends. I have been lucky enough to surround myself with people who make brilliant music, and it’s encouraging to see them doing their thing and to be able to collaborate with them.
13. What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?
-An average day on tour for us usually starts with some driving, plenty of banter in the van, and usually a podcast or a new record over the radio. We’ve been known to make several fast food stops throughout the day. You have to have tacklin’ fuel. Once we play, we usually hang at the venue for a bit to ease off the adrenaline, and then it’s another fast food stop and on to the next show!
14. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
-Being almost 15 years into this, we have some really dedicated fans that I’m extremely thankful for. I try to make sure I reach out to anyone that has reached out to us on social media. We love talking to fans at shows, and hanging out and having a beer. We started a Facebook group recently for people to post any photos/videos/discussions, and it’s been really awesome seeing the response and getting to interact with everyone on there.
15. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
-Luckily, performance anxiety has never been a thing for me. No one ever told me when I was younger that a stage was something to be frightened of, so I never even thought to be scared. I was always the kid at parties or family gatherings that took it upon himself to try and entertain everyone. At this point, it’s honestly where I feel most comfortable.
16. Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
-Oh man! I’ve always loved The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC. It’s such a great sounding room, and the stage feels like it breathes with the music. We love Sidetracks in Huntsville, AL and all the great folks that support us there. The Remington Bar in Whitefish, MT has an amazing vibe. Buck’s Bar just outside of Omaha, NE has a really unique thing going as well, and we always meet new friends and fans there. We’ve really been blessed to play some cool places.
17. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
-Practice, write, rinse, wash, repeat! Find some friends to make a joyful noise with. Learn how to record yourself. Film yourself. Take notes on what you think you can improve on and do it. Make the music you enjoy. Most of all—have fun!!