S. M. W. – OnOne
To say Danny “Boone” Alexander and Rehab has seen its ups and downs would be a huge understatement. Origins of the group date back to Warner Robins, Georgia, in 1998 when Alexander met Jason “Brooks” Buford during a stint at a rehab facility, hence the band name, then later joined up with Denny “Steak-knife” Campbell.
They released an album, To Whom It May Consume, on an Indie label then signed with Sony/Epic and released Southern Discomfort, which contained the popular tunes “It Don’t Matter” and “Sittin’ At A Bar,” otherwise known as the “Bartender’s song”.
The band broke up, but Alexander refused to quiet and refurbished the group in 2002, taking some three years to put out Graffiti of the World.
“We splintered because of creative differences.”-Danny on Brooks’ departure from Rehab
In 2008, Epic repackaged two albums and named it “Sittin’ At A Bar”. It was then the band would gain national attention because of the famous “Bartender’s song”. The group joined forces with legendary outlaw singer Hank Williams Jr. for the filming of the video, which was nominated for CMT’s “Wide Open Country Video of 2009”.
Since their September 2010 release of Welcome Home, the band split with national label Universal Republic and signed with Average Joe’s Records in Nashville, which rosters artists such as Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert and Josh Gracin.
Rehab is one busy band. The guys were so kind as to invite me aboard their home away from home to get the low down on all things Rehab.
The Southern rock outfit are releasing several new projects, including a solo project from group founder Danny “Boone” Alexander and a new “Fixtape” – also known as a promotional mix tape, as well as a double disc set.
In the world of CMT (Country Music Television), the music video for “Can’t Catch Up To You” will be aired on veiwer’s vote segment, sometime in April 2013.
Demun Jones, the band’s MC, recently released his solo record, “Get Better,” on iTunes and is promoting its lead single of the same title with guest act, 8Ball.
Rehab’s ability to juggle multiple projects while touring nonstop is a sign of their drive, Jones said.
“Rehab will be making music from now on. We’re constantly creating, whether it be for Danny Boone, Demun Jones or Rehab stuff,” he said.
Rehab is most known for “Bartender Song,” a revamp of “Sittin’ at a Bar.” The band’s most recent project with Universal Records, “Welcome Home,” took a detour from the group’s usual rowdy antics and embraced a mild-mannered approach, Jones said. ‘”Welcome Home” is about remembering an old place you used to live, in the imagery. As the song got done, the idea came about to put it out for the troops.
“We had less time to write ‘Welcome Home’ because we were on the road. We had plenty of songs written, but when we turned them into the label, they declined them. They wanted something simple and heartfelt, something that could be played on CMT. I was like ‘oh okay.’ So I said let’s get back in and write some more songs.”-Danny
“We have talked to some that said that they didn’t like it as much at first as the other stuff, but after listening to it again, they get it. It works with everything we have done. Our music used to be all over the place and I like it like that. But when you are working for a major label and they ask for specifics, you have to do it that way. When you are an artist, you don’t like to be told what to do when it comes to art. But when we did what we were told to do, it actually came out good”-Danny
Anchored by their influence of all things hip-hop, from Run DMC and NWA, to a Tribe Called Quest and more, Rehab set out over a decade ago on their own musical journey that would garner them millions of hardcore fans, selling over 600,000 albums and over 2 million singles and averaging over 200 shows a year. Touring with names like Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Linkin Park, Kottonmouth Kings, just to name a few, 2012 is gearing up to be on of Rehab’s busiest years to date. In continuation of their thriving tour schedule, Rehab has announced they will be joining Colt Ford on select dates of the 2012 “Declaration of Independence” tour in conjunction with their own “Gullible’s Travels” tour.
With the full participation and push of Average Joes Entertainment, the guys of Rehab
are currently on a nationwide tour spanning the map and delivering high energy shows to
Rehab currently consists of Danny Boone and Demun Jones (vocals) with DJ Chris
Crisis. Their single, “Waho by the Hoti,” produced by Dallas Austin (Michael Jackson,
TLC, Boyz II Men, Pink, Madonna,) can be found on the new album, Gullible’s Travels,
with their video for “King of Tweekers,” (also found on ‘ Gullible’s Travels’,) recently
debuted on the band’s website.
I asked Danny about “King of Tweekers”, if it was a personal type story or not. Danny told me that it was more of an ‘everyone’s got their own classes of Fuck Up’s’.