Jesse James Dupree Biography
Known mostly as being the guy who plays the chainsaw as a member of the Hard-Rock outfit Jackyl, on the Mainstream Rock top 40 hit "The Lumberjack", Jesse James Dupree began to play guitar and sing in the late '80s in his hometown of Kennesaw, Georgia USA. He really customized an electric guitar with a chainsaw attached.
After four albums with Jackyl, Dupree recorded
as a solo artist, "Foot Fetish", in collaboration with guitarist
John Hayes, former Brother Cane bassist Roman Glick and studio drummer
Tony Belser. The disc was released in June 2000 to mixed reviews while
drummer John Skinner was brought in for the tour that consisted of opening
gigs for such Rock heavyweights as Queensrÿche
and Stone Temple Pilots. The
album's first single, "Mainline", did eventually receive airplay
and managed to crack the Billbord's Mainstream Rock top 40.
In early 2001 Jackyl reformed and the modern Southern-Rock band released yet another album in the following year.
July 2008 saw the release of "Rev It Up And Go-Go" a 20-song
set credited to Jesse James Dupree & Dixie Inc. which begins with
the title-track and first single.
The album failed to make it in the charts and Dupree resurrected Jackyl in 2010 to record the album "When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide".