Clyde's On Main Gets Fire, Smoke And Blues From Jess Goggans Band

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - by Mark A. Herndon

The city weekends are filled with so much Chattanooga Live Music now that somewhere from the North to the South side it is there.  In addition more Live music is peppered through the week on any given night at restaurants, pubs and venues like Songbirds Guitar Museum, JJ's Bohemia, and Revelry Room.  More restaurant are adding live music to their menus allowing room for more local artists, mostly singers/songwriters to warm up their amps and guitars.

Two of my many weekend favorites are Puckett's and Clyde's On Main - each with different time schedules for artists / bands to own their stages.  It is actually possible to enjoy the music on the Puckett's stage along with awesome food and then arrive at Clyde's as the stage heats up and the food and drinks hit the tables. Clyde's music extends past midnight as Puckett's ends at 10:30.  Last Saturday night was just that opportunity after leaving the dynamic acoustic set of singer / songwriter Gabe Jones and Ashley Broockman (Miss Chattanooga 2017) finishing their set to a pleasing crowd.    

The chill in the air with the light rain on Saturday night reminded me our winter season is pressing now as I walked into the warm friendly environment at Clyde's.  The line outside was moderate as patrons have their identifications verified and a small cover cost collected.  The temperature inside was hot ...... really hot from the stage.  The sound and lighting was dialed in by Kan Munson (Sound) and Mickey Reid (Lights) - the best stage engineers around town. Have you every truly wondered what it's like to be in a room of fire and smoke when the stage is owned by passionate rockin blues musicians? 
I try to stop in the venues when I know the Jess Goggans Band is on the event schedule.  Jess is an accomplished singer/songwriter - very passionate would be an understatement. Jess is supported (and more than a back up) by accomplished singers and musicians. Jess Goggans throws down her vocal and thrashes her bluesy licks on some very vintage Gibson guitar and occasionally make runs on her harmonica.  Marcus White is on Keys, Chase Armstrong in the Beats, we got Justin Boudreau on the Bass, Chris Holland in the dark shadows on Guitar and Arrie Bozeman, front and center on vocal with her mandolin and sometime guitar..

The photos portray our best effort but really can't give you the rocking, bluesy testimonial soul reaching impact this band gives you.  So we included a video live from the stage to further illustrates our point. It wouldn't matter where this band plays.  Everyone is all in.  Jess is no respecter of stages or venues when the music is dialed in and the message is delivered.  You get their heart and soul expression all the time, every place and every time.   My experience with Jess Goggans whether on the Tennessee Valley Federal Stage at Riverbend Festival, Revelry Room, at the former Rhythm & Brews and the venue list goes forever is always the same.  When this fiery redhead grabs the song, the mic shakes and her voice trembles as the perfect storm with fire and smoke pierces through the venue.  She owns the stage it starts shaking under her boots of what is reminisce at my first thought of the youthful blistering vocals of the late young Janis Joplin from My Generation.  Still the influence not lost in today's music culture.

Jess is extremely proud of her homegrown and humble raising in the Northeast corner of Alabama, singer/songwriter Jess Goggans puts her entire soul into her music and every ounce of her heart into every single performance. Recognized for her sultry southern grit, soulful melodies and high-energy stage presence, it is said that you can literally feel her voice moving through you. Jess’ music defies genre; it’s been referred to as “get down music,” with influences of funk, rock and blues. She is accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the Southeast.  Music has been in the Goggans family for generations; Jess’ father, who plays keys on her debut record Reality (released in 2014), made his mark in the 70s touring with Sam and Dave. Jess herself has been owning the stage since the early age of five.

Jess Goggans has performed everywhere around Florabama and the Deep South, including the acclaimed Riverbend Festival and her personal favorite venue, Gip’s Place (one of the last surviving JUKE joints, renowned for hosting luminaries such as Buddy Guy and BB King). Jess has shared the stage with Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic and the Talking Heads, Randy Owens of Alabama, Caroline Aiken, Jocelyn Arndt, Donna Hopkins, Copious Jones, Col. Bruce Hampton, Marcus King Band, Regi Wooten, and many more.  

The Jess Goggans Band  Booking / Schedule (256) 996-5084  Email  Web

Chattanooga Live Music, Mark A Herndon, certified professional geologist and professional photographer grew up in Chattanooga area, graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Media affiliation    Check out more at    Email at;


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