Solo Album Published!

Full of train wrecks, cave-ins, lock-outs, break-ups, apocalyptic floods, and plenty of hard luck, my latest album approaches classic stories of exile, poverty, and disaster with a fresh perspective. More relevant in these chaotic times than ever, these songs are a celebration of healing and adaptation.

While my last album stayed true to the recordings I learned from, this album weaves some of my own lyrics into traditional songs, features several of my own instrumental arrangements, and more clearly expresses my unique interpretation of folk music.

NMJR @ Jenny Jack Farm

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Last Friday night, about 75 folks had the pleasure of hearing The New Millennium Jelly Rollers perform at the farm. Max Godfrey, the bearded musician, was an apprentice here in 2012. Prior to coming to work with us, Max had worked on a farm in Vermont where traditional work songs were a large part of the farming culture. He studied the recordings of Alan Lomax, the oral historian who collected field recordings of American folk music of the 20th century. Max began teaching these songs to other farmers through workshops and conferences. He also sang them everywhere he could- from fields to farmer’s markets.

Max sang in our fields a lot as he worked. His Appalachian sound would totally mesmerize anyone who happened to be around. He even taught us some work songs.  One of my favorite farm memories was Max’s bellowing voice coming across the field to me as…

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Roots Music Band starts this week!

Calling all high-schoolers interested in roots music! I’ll be teaching a 12-session class at The New School in Inman Park from February through April. Classes are on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 PM, and are open to anyone of high school age. It’s gonna be a lot of fun! For details follow this link: http://tnsatlanta.org/rm16/

New Millennium Jelly Rollers GA Tour!

Friday February 19th at 7:30 PM @ Jenny Jack Sun Farm

603 White Cemetery Road, Pine Mountain, GA 31822.  jennyjackfarm.com

Facebook Event Link (Public): https://www.facebook.com/events/1553050565016682/

Saturday, February 20th at 7 PM at Whistlepig Productions

Venue is a private home in the Emory/Decatur area of Atlanta.  For reservations and directions, please email: tradhouse9@gmail.com.  Reserved Seating only. Visit www.facebook.com/wppconcerts for more info on Whistlepig Producions

Suggested donation for each show is $10 – $15 per person.

All shows are BYOB, and light refreshments will be available. Shows last about 2 hours including a brief intermission, and doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

About The New Millennium Jelly Rollers

This foot-stompin’ duo has been playing wild fiddle tunes, singing low-down blues, and inspiring general hilarity all over the eastern United States for two years and counting. The New Millennium Jelly Rollers is composed of Max Godfrey and Elias Alexander, who began making music together by trading off verses on worksongs and spirituals. Since then, their sound has grown to encompass everything from country-blues to old-time dance tunes and Skillet-Licker-style sketch comedy.

Each performance by The New Millennium Jelly Rollers is more than just a concert—it’s an epic portrayal of the human struggle against modernity, a call-and-response singing session, and a discussion of the role that traditional music can play in healing and invigorating local communities. Bring a friend and come ready to cut loose and sing out!

They’ve performed in barns, houses, grange halls, and churches all over New England, as well as distinguished venues such as Club Passim in Boston and The Jalopy in Brooklyn.

Their self-titled debut album can be found at:

https://newmillenniumjellyrollers.bandcamp.com/releases

Follow them on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/newmillenniumjellyrollers

Max is a local musician and music teacher who performs as part of the group know as Max and Maggie.  You can follow his work at maxgodfrey.me.   Elias is currently based in Boston and is a part of several groundbreaking traditional music projects.  Check out his work at www.eliasalexander.com.