JERRY: I pump out as much volume as I possibly can— normally. I think they are 2000 watt amps, but to be honest with you, I’m not really sure. But it’s real loud, and I’m confident that it is fit enough for any size venue that I may come across, anywhere.
BISCUIT: Have you a preference on the settings you use…do you like to get that real fat low end growl or the higher end of the bass register.
JERRY: I like a combination really. It’s whatever fits the song, although I usually pull out all the mids and use the highs and the lows. I like to pretty much go as low as I can without distorting the sound. I’ll usually use my fingers to play, but for metal, I’ll use a pick.
BISCUIT: Did you ever, or do you now play any other instrument other than the bass guitar…and if so, what instruments my friend?
JERRY: I really started off playing drums initially, and then I played guitar and still do to this day. I don’t tend to play drums on a kit these days as I program all of my drum parts with Sony software. I started using it about three years ago and I have about ten different sample discs that I use that have full loops on there. It also has guitar loops as well, and also saxophone and keyboard too. In fact, any kind of sample you would want can be found on that Sony music factory software…it has everything, and makes it a lot easier for me to be able to write.
BISCUIT: Let’s move on to the bands now, if I may. Since those early days when you got that first bass from your dad, you have been seriously busy over the years you have spent in the music business, and you have worked with some amazing musicians along the way as well. Some of the biggest names in the industry have had your bass lines adorn their work. In the late eighties, and early nineties, you were in a band called “Syndicate”. What do you remember about that particular band?
JERRY: That was a great band, and they put out a 4 song EP back in the eighties and actually sold around ten thousand copies in Florida. “Syndicate” was a pretty big band back then in the Florida area, and every where we played was pretty much sold out at every venue. I was in that band for at least five years in my early 20’s.
BISCUIT: Did you ever imagine back then that you would end up getting gigs and recording with the major artist’s that you eventually ended up getting together with later in your career?
JERRY: Well, I kind of always hoped that I would move on up from the club bands to a national one….yeah, I was certainly ambitious for sure.
BISCUIT: You have also played some pretty big venues during your career as well, many of them ten thousand seaters, and many more even bigger.
JERRY: Yeah, the biggest one I ever played was when I was with Brian Howe and “Bad Company” in Chicago in front of 57.000 people…now that was really awesome.
BISCUIT: You have also supported bands such as Journey, Heart, Kansas, Reo Speedwagon, and Pat Benetar amongst others, which must have been amazing. So what would you say are your most outstanding memories amongst all of the great experiences with these great bands?
JERRY: Let’s see…when I played with Molly Hatchet, we did a tour with Nazareth and that was a really great experience because those guys were amazing, and we also did a lengthy tour with Deep Purple and that was really awesome too, with Ian Gillan and the guys touring all round Europe and pretty much every where else for that matter.
BISCUIT: You were with Bad Company as you said earlier, and that was between 1994 and 1999 if I’m right. I can imagine you must have done some amazing shows with Brian and the guys.
JERRY: Yeah…it was a fantastic time for me, and Brian Howe is one of the best singers I have ever heard in my life.
BISCUIT: How did you manage to get the gig with Bad Company?
JERRY: Well, I was in a band called “Little Tramp”, and me and the guitarist both got an audition for the gig and got the job at the same time. And also at that time, the drummer Gary Moffatt from the band “38 Special” was on the drums, and we all played together for about a year in that band.
BISCUIT: It was in 2000 that you joined Molly Hatchet, and was in the band for around three years…is that correct?