The Rocks Off 100: The Jobe Wilson Band, the Boys From Chambers County

Music Scene Pet Peeve: Royer waxes philosophical about the music scene, pointing out that the same irritations occur no matter what town you're in:

"I once read a quote by Hunter S. Thompson that said, 'The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a bad side,' he reflects. "I guess that pretty much sums it up.

"That's why it is called paying dues, and we just happen to be crazy enough to want to immerse ourselves in it," Royer continues. "But let me tell you, when everything falls into place, and you share a moment with the crowd or get an approving nod from a peer, the pros far out weigh the cons."

Five Desert Island Discs:

  • Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (Royer)
  • The Black Crowes, Amorica (Dickson)
  • "Something from the early days of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers," Royer says of Nuckols' choice.
  • Bayside, Shudder (Choate)

"Comeaux said he would take one of our records," Royer adds.

See who else has joined The Rocks Off 100 this year on the next page.

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