Las Vegas Nevada’s Aces of Melodic Hard Rock, The Jeff Carlson Band, deal out their latest single ‘Over My Shoulder‘, teamed with a new, live video for the song, featuring a revamped lineup. During the last year the band went through some changes which, though difficult, brought the band to a higher level and opened a brighter path to their future. This year the band introduces lead guitarist Kory Brown and drummer Nathanial Welch to solidify what is the strongest JCB band yet. Both are featured on the latest video ‘Over My Shoulder‘, which ushers in the new lineup and a new era for the band.
Jeff Carlson: “I wrote this song about believing in yourself enough to push through life’s limitations and not giving up on your dreams until they become a reality.”
The ‘Over My Shoulder‘ (Remix) can be streamed:here
In 2001, Jeff Carlson was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, as well as Crohn’s disease. He had fallen ill, and was rushed to the hospital to have emergency surgery, where he actually died for almost three minutes on the operating table. He then underwent four more surgeries, and still continues to deal with both of these diseases today.
Carlson says, “I thank God every day that I’m above ground, because life is too precious not to do what you love. This new record was written for everybody out there who is faced with challenges that life throws at you, and you keep going. It’s like one of my heroes Rocky Balboa has said-“life’s not about how hard you get hit…it’s about how hard you get hit and keep going!” Yesterday’s Gone was written with that frame of mind….hope. I struggle every day with my disease, so even though I have it, it doesn’t have me or my drive to what has gotten me to this point in my life.”
The Single is accompanied by a special, Live, video that focuses on the new lineup and gives the fans a true sense of the power of a Jeff Carlson Band show.
Carlson gives details about the new video: “The video was shot at the world famous Whisky A Go Go at a show we did with John Corabi, formerly with Motley Crue, Dead Daisies, and The Scream. We had the full stage that night and it was the perfect time to shoot the video. I am very proud of this video because it showcases us in an arena type setting. The editing was done by my new lead guitarist Kory Brown, and he did a fantastic job.”
The band’s latest album, ‘Yesterdays Gone‘ was released last year with rave reviews and has brought JCB to the forefront. The idea for the new album was first consummated in February of 2020. With COVID-19 in full-swing, the writing and collaboration stretched into July and the recording into November, but the pandemic had deeper effects, ingesting itself into the band’s songwriting. The songs not only touch on the pandemic, but also the political issues that manifested, mixed with personal issues that Jeff was going through at the time. There was plenty of raw emotion to build off of and the album reflects that emotion. With tracks like ‘Yesterday’s Gone‘ and ‘American Dream‘, the band brings to light what we are all feeling in these times of uncertainty and touches the sensitivities that encompass us all. The major theme of the record is what Carlson referred to as hope in a world that needed more light instead of darkness.
“The album, ‘Yesterday’s Gone‘, originally started out as an E. P., but once Covid hit, we all stopped playing so we decided to make it a full-length record. We really took our time and made sure we put in the time for the detail work to really shine on this record. I wanted to write lyrically about what was going on in the world during the pandemic as well as I thought it was really important to write about hope rather than everything being so bleak. At the end of the day, we are really proud of this record because we all gave 110% to make it as great as we possibly could make it!”
The band is set to embark on their 2022 “Over My Shoulder Tour” with dates being announced in the Midwest and East Coast through April.
For fans of Tesla, Journey, KISS, Dokken, etc…, there are plenty of influences to describe what these guys are all about. The band delivers a high dosage of hooks with their melodic hard rock style that taps into the glory days of the late ’80s and early ’90s and pulls that energy into the new Millenium. With heavy guitars, high-energy melodies, and a heart-pounding backbeat, JCB blast the arena rock style into the spotlight and into the ears of today’s hard rock fans.
Jeff Carlson – Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Kory Brown – Lead Guitar / Harmony Vocals
Cory Kay – Bass
Nathanial Welch – Drums