“When Will It Rain” was a great track in ’92 and it’s still great today. Jesse’s wails and the lockdown rustic solos make this a song to be heard again and again.

It’s hard to believe the band Jackyl has been in the spotlight since 1992. That’s 25 years, eight studio albums and two Guinness world records (100 concerts in 50 days and 21 concerts in 24 hours) later. Not to mention the groups recent appearances on the Full Throttle Saloon television series and let’s not forget Jesse’s chainsaw. It’s hard to imagine a world without them.


I remember when the music video for “When Will It Rain” was flooding MTV, a precursor to the dominance the band would enjoy that year. A platinum selling debut that put the group on the map forever.


The music video for “When Will It Rain” opens in a desolate prison. A dusty cell imprisoning sound and denying a much needed release. Men ready to escape, wanting to wash away sins and move on but the heat and strife only intensifies, offering no end in sight. The cuts of the chain gang with the ankle cuffs have always been the most powerful scenes to me. Hard road, hard life, no liberation.

Eventually clarity rings true in the form of a hot babe washing a car along the chain gang’s route. An insensible distraction that seemingly allows the prisoners to escape.

Although this video is no doubt identifiable, the music track is what makes this effort memorable. “When Will It Rain” was a great track in ’92 and it’s still great today.

Jesse’s wails and the lockdown rustic solos make this a song to be heard again and again. It’s one of those songs you find yourself jamming just before a storm. Now is the time to revisit Jackyl and find some southern metal release. \m/

Jackyl (1992):

  • Jesse James Dupree – Vocals & Chainsaw
  • Jimmy Stiff – Guitars
  • Jeff Worley – Guitars
  • Thomas Bettini – Bass
  • Chris Worley – Drums
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