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_________________________________________________.... JERRY'S MOST RECENT CD...."IN A DAY"
If you happened to be in the Atlanta area during the 80’s and enjoyed
good live music, you probably made your way to either The Hoss and
in Doraville or to Fagan’s
in Tucker depending on which of his
night clubs Jerry was performing . If you arrived late and were lucky
enough to get in, it didn’t take long to understand why the place was
packed. Center stage was Jerry Fagan
cranking out one song after
another in front of one of the hottest bands you had ever heard. As you
moved about the club you knew you were in a special place, you were
amazed how a rowdy bar, all of a sudden, could become totally quiet as
Jerry began a solo on his classical guitar. You would have wondered how
the audience knew all the words to songs you had never heard and that
almost every song the band sang was a special request. As the night
progressed you knew you would be coming back, it was happening to you,
just as it had to the thousands of regular customers, you were becoming
a Jerry Fagan music fan.
The Hoss and Saddle and Fagan’s were two of
the hottest night clubs in Atlanta for over ten years with nationally
known acts performing at Fagan’s on a regular basis, such as the
Bellamy Brothers, who were the opening act along with Jerry’s band.
Jerry recalls one night at The Hoss and Saddle you could have heard the
bands Foghat, Atlanta, Razzy Bailey, Cody Marshall, and Johnny Paycheck
taking turns jamming until early morning hours. The Hoss and Saddle had
become the place where musicians went to jam after their concerts were
over and Fagan’s was voted number one night spot in the Atlanta area.
There was one common denominator that brought about the success of both
of these clubs and that was Jerry Fagan. His success in the
entertainment business didn’t just happen overnight as did his ability
to move an audience to tears one moment and just as quick have them
laughing and dancing, it all began many years earlier.
Jerry caught the
music bug early in life as a young boy or perhaps it was always in his
genes. Born in 1959 and raised at the foot of Black Mountain in east
Tennessee, he would find himself drawn to the music gatherings that
took place on many warm summer nights by local musicians. Music was a
way of life in the rural areas of Southern Appalachia and it didn’t
take Jerry very long to become one of the best pickers in the area. His
first paying job was playing with local legends Pete Reed and The
Tennessee Three, he was just sixteen. His first TV appearance was on
the Cas Walker Jamboree. After high school he moved out to Nashville to
pursue his music career but like so many young men of that area found
himself serving his country in the Marines Corps. After his discharge
in 1971 he returned to the Nashville area for a short period, but by
now most of his contacts were gone.
He moved on, playing clubs in
Chattanooga and then on down to Atlanta where the music scene was hot.
He continued to write songs and perfect his craft and like most
musicians, was influenced and inspired by the great artists and bands
of the early 70”s like James Taylor and Jim Croce. As with most great
musicians Jerry’s own unique style and sound began to emerge as did his
following, filling rooms where ever he played. It was at one of those
Atlanta night spots in 1979 when a record producer from Hollywood
caught Jerry’s show and offered him a record deal if he would move to
LA. Most opportunities in life come with a price tag and the record
deal was no exception.
By now Jerry had his own style and his
unwillingness to be transformed into their Hollywood image ended the
record deal. He played all over the LA basin winning several talent
contests and making a name for himself in the LA music circles. After
winning a talent contest in Bakersfield, he was offered a job by the
club’s owner and his band from Atlanta soon found themselves jamming in
the dessert. LA isn’t home if you were born and raised in the south and
Jerry returned to Atlanta and as they say, started over. He made a good
living performing on a regular basis in area night clubs and as an
opening act for national known acts such as Alan Jackson at Center
Stage in Atlanta.
Even though he made a good living performing, he
realized the club owner, “made the real money”. The Hoss and Saddle and
Fagan’s both proved to be very successful business ventures for Jerry
over a ten year period. Jerry had purchased land in North West Georgia
where he built a log cabin while working in Atlanta. Seeing a decline
in country music, Jerry decided to close both night clubs and move to
North Georgia where he began constructing rental houses on his
property. He also opened the Apple Barrel
restaurant in Tiftonia at the
base of Lookout Mountain featuring the Picken Cellar
. If you were in
the mood for great food and entertainment, the Apple Barrel was the
first choice for locals for over six years. The best musicians in the
Chattanooga area found their way there many a Saturday night to jam
with Jerry and his band.
The Picken Cellar is now closed and Jerry is
putting the finishing touches on his personal recording studio he built
next to his house adjacent to his pond. Frog Pond Productions
operational and local artists are starting to find their way to this
small studio with its magical sound and a few jam sessions can be heard
late into the night. Jerry has continued to put his life experiences to
pen and paper, accompanied by beautiful melodies and rhythms and having
reached a point in life where he can concentrate fully on his music, is
living out his dream.
Jerry has entertained thousands of people in live
performances. He currently has 3 CDs available on this web site and on CD
Baby.com. His music is now enjoyed by people all over the world.
Jerry has written literally thousands of songs over the course of his
Material possessions and even relationships can fade into the sunset
but a beautiful song has a way of staying with us for a life time. His music will find a
place in your heart.