Jelly Roll Geeks Out Over Meeting Jimmy Fallon
Jelly Roll’s team frequently posts videos of what is happening with him on Instagram. This week, they posted a video of Jelly and his band making their debut on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in New York City.
The new video clip shows highlights from backstage at The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where Jelly Roll performed for the first time this week. Jelly says at one point in the clip, “I hadn’t left much past Ohio three years ago. National TV, dude. Two shows in one day, baby, one of them on national television.”
At one point, Jimmy Fallon comes into Jelly’s dressing room to say hi. The talk show host tells Jelly, “You’re crushing it, bud, you’re crushing it. Congratulations, and keep going.” After Fallon leaves, one of Jelly’s bandmates says that was pretty cool, and Jelly replies, “That wasn’t pretty cool, that was (expletive) awesome.” Jelly adds, “It was like Waylon Jennings on the Johnny Carson show.” He goes on to say, “We’re in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza; we’re in the big leagues. Johnny Carson was here.”
After he performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jelly and his band boarded a private plane from New Jersey to West Virginia and, with a police escort, went straight on stage at a sold-out show. After the show, they made it in time to watch their performance on late-night TV.
See that post here. Note: there are many expletives in the Instagram video clip.
Jelly Roll won a bunch of awards, including Male Artist of the Year at the People's Choice Country Awards last week (9/28). Ashley McBryde is currently opening shows for Jelly Roll, and when I interviewed her recently, she told me about the man. Ashley said, “He’s so loving and so inviting. I love being on the road with him. The culture he has created with his band, crew, and everything about that is really welcoming.”
She added, “He told me my first day, ‘You’ll never feel more at home on any tour than you will on this tour.’ And I thought at first, ‘Aw, I don’t know, I’ve toured with some really amazing tours.’ He told me, ‘You’ll never feel more at home with any fanbase than you are with mine,’ and he’s right. His fan base is so diverse, and at first, when you look at a snapshot of it, you go, ‘These people don’t all belong under the same canopy right now,’ but they do. And that feeling while you’re watching a show is amazing.”