|Fox Photographer Curt Schruth takes some video of After Jack.|
They play multiple instruments and harmonize beautifully.
All three live in the same old farmhouse out in the country. What a hoot it was to record our segment as they practiced on their front porch.
I had hoped they would say they wouldn't quit till they had a wall full of gold records, but that wasn't their answer.
Ditto for After Jack.
"We work for the privilege to continue working," said Emily Rose Tucker.
"We work for the privilege to continue working."
In other words we hope to be good enough to get another gig. And then another. And another.
Like Madrone, the members of After Jack want to build a following, get better every performance and see "where it takes us."
You have to admire that. Last night (May 14) I had the honor of speaking to Roanoke's B'nai B'rith award winners -- essentially the true who's who among Roanoke Valley High School seniors.
I shared with them the thought that they needed to figure out what they loved and where they excelled and to pursue that. I asked them, "How many people who work in cubicles, 'work for the privilege to continue working?'"
Look, we all have to work for a living, and few people with responsibilities can pack up and hit the road chasing a dream. But if you have the talent and the passion. If you know that's who you are, why not?
Emily Rose Tucker, Rachel Blankenship and Mary Allison, whom I've seen perform in the Jack Tale Players and in musical productions at Ferrum College seem to me to have the presence and talent to entertain the masses. They have only been After Jack for nine months.
After a lifetime of performing each said they felt a certain success with this band they had not felt before.
I hope one day we see them on the Grand Ole Opry or hear them on the radio or interview them when they make a gold record.