Brother JT3 Jelly Roll Gospel on LP
2008 Drag City Release form John Terlesky
Brother JT is John Terlesky, born in 1962 in Easton, PA. He founded the garage pop band the Original Sins in 1987. Their first single, "Just 14," generated good press, as did debut LP, Big Soul (both released on Bar/None Records). The band went on to release 10 albums (including the Peter Buck-produced Move), tour America and Europe, get MTV airplay, chart on CMJ, and generally raise a ruckus before calling it a day in 1999.
Somewhere around 1990, JT morphed into Brother JT (dubbed as such by journalist Byron Coley), an alter-ego that allowed him to express his more experimental/psych side. Beginning with the monolithic feedback piece Descent (Twisted Village), JT explored both solo bedroom recordings (Rainy Day Fun (Drunken Fish), and full band excursions (Music For the Other Head (Siltbreeze), as Brother JT & Vibrolux) eventually working with producer Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux on Way To Go, and Spirituals (Drag City).
Ever since the "acid bubble-punk" of The Original Sins, JT has been a leader in the field of guitar rock that's good for the soul. 2008's Jelly Roll Gospel is the latest jam in the line of house-party blues discs JT released on Drag City. From the first groove, the rhythms are live and relentless, making JT's signature soul anthems burst energetically from the speakers in full-spectrum stereo sound.