The first time you see Jive Mother Mary live it’s like a musical breath of fresh air— a gust of excellent songwriting and skilled musicianship. Hailing from Burlington, NC, Mason Keck (guitar, vocals), Tyler Schulz (guitar, vocals), Seth Aldridge (drums, vocals) and William Sanders (bass, vocals) bring to the table qualities rarely found in today’s music: four guys playing instruments and singing harmonies. Firmly rooted in American music with a tinge of it’s British brethren, seeing the band in-person truly allows you to appreciate the intensity of their performance.
JMM was originally formed as a three-piece in 2005 by Mason Keck and Seth Aldridge. With this line-up they recorded two releases with Grammy-nominated producer/engineer John Custer (DAG, Corrosion of Conformity, Dave Grohl): an EP, Jive Mother Mary in 2008 and an LP, All Fall Down in 2009. Their first few years allowed them to travel all over the country, and at age 15 they were the youngest band ever to play the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. In 2011 the band became a four piece, adding Tyler Schulz and Will Sanders to the lineup. Later that year they headed west to attend Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA. With new-found energy, this lineup hit the ground running in L.A., writing new music and playing places like The Viper Room, The House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, and The Mint to name a few. Over the next two years the band sharpened their skills and stage presence and began work on their third release at Blue Forest Studios in Sherman Oaks, California and Dark Pines Studios in Graham, NC. The result was the band’s 2013 EP Big City Blues. It features guest spots from their talented friends Rhett Huffman (b3 & keys) and Al Bonhomme (guitar, Dwight Yoakam). Riding that creative momentum and already working on new material, the band decided to trek back across the country to one of the southeast’s hotspots for up-and-coming bands: Athens, GA.
After two years of practicing every day in the house that they all shared and shows all up and down the east coast, the band headed back home in 2015 to begin work on their then-untitled fourth release. The resulting EP, Home Is Where The Heart Is, is a testament to their continued growth as songwriters with a unique voice and authenticity all their own. JMM is proving one show at a time that there is still life and new ground to cover in rock n’ roll.