Marylanders who were college kids in the mid-1990s had no choice: They had to love Jimmie's Chicken Shack. And that's not a bad thing, considering the fact that singer Jimmy HaHa and his Annapolis-based crew were linchpin dealers of funk-metal before the music industry started selling bad batches of the stuff, otherwise known as rap-metal.
You gotta give it to the Shack, they went from a little-band-that-could to stardom, starting out by releasing stuff on their own Fowl Records, then packing the legendary 8x10 in Baltimore every freaking night, then getting signed to Elton John's Rocket Records and showing up on MTV's "120 Minutes."
Jimmie's Chicken Shack never became a massive band with an enormous fanbase, but the fanbase they did have was rabid and devoted, not unlike the herds of worshipers who bow down to Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices.
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Free Staters and long-time fans are in for a treat on Saturday March 30, as Jimmie's Chicken Shack play World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.
Best part - the ticket price is very 1995-ish, at $10. Sinners Saints and A Caffeine Dream open the show at 8 p.m., and tickets can be had here.
And now, all Jimmie's Chicken Shack, and chicken fans in general, bow down to the new Queen of Fried Fowl: