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A Dirty Dozen with SETH “FLUFF” ALDRIDGE from JIVE MOTHER MARY – December 2020

| 28 December 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “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. Jive Mother Mary is no stranger to hard work. Formed in 2006 by Mason Keck and Seth Aldridge, the past 14 years have allowed the Burlington, North Carolina natives to create something that is uniquely their own. With five albums under their belt and a sixth release on the way, their sound is one that has put them in the room with Grammy-nominated producers (John Custer) and taken them to to 7 countries. Sharing the stage with classic artists such as Leon Russell and Foreigner, to current artists like Blackberry Smoke and Drive-By Truckers has put JMM in front of diverse audiences that are instantly won over by their catchy melodies and electrifying live performances.” We get Seth to discuss new music, reflection on her past, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our new batch of songs were recorded at Pentaverit studios in Nashville Tennessee with Jay Tooke. We met Jay when our band was opening for The Steel Woods, who Jay was playing drums for at the time. He invited us down to Nashville to record some songs and we brought what we had. Personally, it was the best recording experience that I’ve ever had. It was the first time that I had the time or the resources to experiment a lot with drum sounds and Pentaverit had lots of cool gear to choose from. So naturally I’m pretty stoked on the drum sounds. I don’t know about hidden nuggets but two of the tracks we put down I can still be your man and don’t look now we have had for ten plus years. We have recorded them a few times in the past, but they never turned out like we wanted. I think these new versions sound great and I’m excited to finally get them out in the world.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

From about as far back as I can remember I have been more interested in music than about anything else. I was lucky enough to meet Mason at a young age and he was really into music too. And luckily for us his dad was in a band and had a rehearsal space and all the necessary gear and we were able to start jamming pretty early on. I guess I knew I had to be a musician once I realized that that was all some people did for a living. All musicians are trying to avoid the day job.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Definitely The Black Crowes’ Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. That’s the album that shaped how I thought rock and roll could and should sound. To me it’s pretty much a perfect rock record. And the first time I saw Govt Mule live. Again Masons dad took us, and it was probably only the third or fourth show I had been to up until that point. They were really good and could really play, obviously. It made me want to practice and get better at my instrument.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

In no particular order The Black Crowes, The Drive by Truckers, Little Feat, Steve Jordan, and Steve Gadd.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I guess I would have to say Elton John. I love his music and I love the drumming of Nigel Olsson on his records. He writes epic pop songs that have catchy and interesting melodies and rock pretty hard. He’s one of the greats for sure.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would say our music has a classic rock vibe without trying to sound nostalgic. Or at least I hope. We were once told by someone we reminded them of the band Seether. I don’t know. I don’t get that, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The best thing about being a musician is creating music out of nothing with your friends and then going to places that you have never been and playing said music for people that you have never met and they like it. It’s a pretty good feeling.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When we all get together our guitar player Schulz is definitely going to be doing the cooking. There will probably be tortillas involved. Probably some eggs as well. He’s good at it and enjoys doing it and that’s good with us. If there are mixed drinks or spirits to be had Mason is probably behind that and he’s the first to bring out the acoustics. Could be a John Prine song involved. There will be Budweiser.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I once, along with Mason, saw Billy Gibbons at a flea market in Los Angles. We are both massive ZZ Top fans. He was eating a hot dog. Neither of us could bring ourselves to talk to him. I regret it and I still don’t know why. I still don’t know what I would have said.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

If I weren’t a Musician I would most likely be a teacher. Probably English.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

If I had a career do over, I would probably go back and try to re-record our past EPs a little better. They were done in haste and on the cheap and that’s ok. But there are some good songs in there that I think could be represented better.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d have to say Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones. As everyone already knows it’s one of human’s greatest achievements in rock and roll and by all accounts an incredibly fun record to make. As I understand it, they just partied and hung out and played music in several different countries, all the while creating songs that would become classics. Everyone loves this record. Count me in.





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