Jelly Roll Scores First-Ever No. 1 Radio Hit With “Dead Man Walking”: “The Losers Win Again Baby!”

Jelly Roll’s “Dead Man Walking” is officially secures the No. 1 spot on Mediabase’s Active Rock Radio chart! The independent artist from Nashville, Tennessee, scored his first-ever No. 1 with his debut single to rock radio. The song, which was…


Andrew Wendowski


Posted on May 9, 2022

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Jelly Roll’s “Dead Man Walking” is officially secures the No. 1 spot on Mediabase’s Active Rock Radio chart!

The independent artist from Nashville, Tennessee, scored his first-ever No. 1 with his debut single to rock radio. The song, which was played ~1,872 times during the May 1-7 tracking period, rose two spots to the No. 1 spot this week, according to Headline Planet, who also reported that the spin count reflects a week-over-week gain of 83.

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The country rocker took to social media on Monday afternoon (May 9) to celebrate and share the exciting news of his first-ever No. 1 radio hit with fans. 

“I cannot believe I am able to do this video right now… Coming from where I came from and making music for the group of people that I make music for…” he captioned the video. “This is one of the biggest accomplishments of my entire life and career my first number 1 at radio thank y’all so much for supporting Dead Man Walking.”

Overjoyed with excitement, Jelly Roll graciously thanked fans for their endless support in the clip.

“Guess what y’all? We did it baby! I don’t know if y’all seen or heard the news yet, but we are the No. 1 song on rock radio right now! Listen, this is my first… Listen, I never thought I’d even be on the f**king radio, but the fact that we’re No. 1 on the radio, this is the week baby!” Jelly Roll said in the clip. “We are celebrating now, thank y’all so much man. I remember doing a post weeks ago like y’all I never thought I’d be in the Top 20 or Top 10, let’s just try to get in the Top 5. I’m at No. 1 y’all, No. 1 song on rock radio, the losers win again baby!”

He went on to also let fans know that his single, “Son Of A Sinner,” is sitting at No. 32 on the Mediabase Country chart at the same time as he celebrates his first-ever No. 1.

“The year of the underdog. Guess what else? No. 32 on Country radio with ‘Son Of A Sinner’ today too baby, let’s get in the Top 30! Man, I love y’all, I just want to thank y’all,” Jelly Roll continued. “Thank everybody that helped the record. God, thank y’all man!”

Produced by Andrew Baylis, and co-written by Jelly Roll alongside Baylis and David Ray, “Dead Man Walking” appears on the Nashville native’s 10-track album, Ballads of the BrokenThe album that details the hitmaker’s struggles with addiction.

“This album is the truth. It’s my truth. I put my blood, sweat and tears into this and I hope y’all can hear my heart,” Jelly Roll previously shared of the project. “Pain is an international language—everybody shares it to some degree—being out on the road and meeting fans, I’ve learned that the more open you are in talking about it, the more people can relate to it and I hope we can heal together through this album.”

In addition to securing the No. 1 spot on rock radio with “Dead Man Walking,” Jelly Roll’s “Son Of A Sinner,” which was the most-added song at Country radio at the time of impact with 76 first-week station adds, continues to rapidly climb the country radio charts and currently sits at No. 32. The track also appears on his 2021 project, Ballads of the Broken.

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Recently, during an interview with Audacy’s Katie Neal, Jelly Roll opened up about how much he is loving being a part of the country music community. 

“I’m loving it, I’ve never felt more welcomed anywhere,” he explained. “I was born and raised in Nashville, so [country music] is always second nature to me. It’s incredible,” he added.

“This is just the toe dip,” he said of “Son Of A Sinner,” which is his first single to Country radio. “We’re fixin’ to cannonball baby, we’re fixin’ to do a double-gaining backflip into [country music], it’s gonna happen.”

A rapper turned country-rocker, Jelly Roll made his Grand Ole Opry debut back in November 2021, which he called a dream come true.

“Dreams do come true – you can change your life around. The impossible is possible,” he wrote at the time of his Opry debut. “Dare to be different. I prioritize memories over money. (Yes money can help create good memories at times)— but nights like last night is something money could never buy.”

He continued, “Thank you to everyone who came out last night. I’ve never felt more loved in my life. To receive a standing ovation during my Grand Ole Opry debut is a memory I’ll cherish the rest of my life. Last night is what dreams are made of ….. moments that will live forever. That old Fat kid from Antioch (South Nashville) made a small mark of history last night. Thank you all for making it happen.”

Additionally, Jelly Roll will soon hit the road with Brantley Gilbert on the just-announced Son Of The Dirty South Tour. The trek, featuring headliners Gilbert and Jelly Roll, will also include special guest Pillbox Patti. The Son Of The Dirty South Tour will kick off on June 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, and continue through late August, where the trek will wrap up in Brandon, Mississippi, at Brandon Amphitheater on August 27.

In a press release, the hitmakers shared their excitement for hitting the road together on the Son Of The Dirty South Tour.

“I always look forward to being on the road and getting together with BG Nation, but I can say I’m especially excited to be heading out with my good friend Jelly Roll,” Gilbert said. “We’ve got an incredible show in the works, and we’re looking forward to seeing you this summer!”

“Touring with Brantley has been on my dream list forever! He’s one of my favorite artists, humans and fathers in the business,” Jelly Roll added. “I expect these shows to be rowdy!” 

Son of the Dirty South Summer Tour 2022 Dates

June 30 Daily’s Place Jacksonville, Fla.
July 1 Aaron Bessant Amphitheater Panama City Beach, Fla.
Aug. 25 Brooshire Grocery Arena Bossier City, La.
Aug. 26 BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo, Miss.
Aug. 27 Brandon Amphitheater Brandon, Miss.

Jelly Roll will also embark on a tour with Shinedown later this summer.

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