A Documentary Chronicling Jelly Roll’s Life Is Coming To Hulu

‘Jelly Roll: Save Me’ will premiere on May 30.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 9, 2023


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Jelly Roll; Photo by John Shearer

A documentary chronicling Jelly Roll’s rise to fame will soon premiere on Hulu.

Jelly Roll: Save Me by ABC New Studios will give viewers an inside look at the genre-bending star’s life on the road with never-before-seen footage from his tour. It will also include interviews with Jelly Roll and people who are close to him. 

How To Watch

Additionally, the documentary will take fans inside his visit to the juvenile detention facility where he was incarcerated. With a desire to inspire others to make a change in their lives, Jelly Roll will share his personal trials and tribulations throughout the film, which will debut on Hulu on May 30. 

Edward Hambleton and Claire Weinraub executive produced Jelly Roll: Save Me. David Sloan was the senior executive producer and Monica Escobedo is the senior entertainment producer. 

Jelly Roll, whose real name is Jason DeFord, previously hinted at the forthcoming documentary during an interview on The Bobby Bones Show

““I don’t know if I’m allowed to say… Can I blow it? I guess I will… We have partnered with ABC and we are shooting something,” he shared at the time. 

He Previously Teased The Documentary

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“Guys LIke Me Don’t Make It”

The 38-year-old has been very open about his turbulent upbringing and the time he spent in prison. 

“You couldn’t write a Cinderella story cooler than this, saying that I’ll have a headlining show at Bridgestone while I have a top 10 at country radio,” Jelly Roll told Billboard of his Music City homecoming concert. “I look at it like it’s my introduction party to Nashville, even though I was born here.”

“What I think I represent is just a beacon of hope,” he added. “I don’t look like the guy that you would’ve assumed would’ve made it [in the music industry] … I just feel like I represent the guy who looks at himself in the mirror every day and goes, ‘Yeah, guys like me don’t make it.’”

Jelly Roll; Photo by John Shearer
Jelly Roll; Photo by John Shearer

The funds ($250,000) from the massive Bridgestone Arena concert were donated to Impact Youth Outreach and benefitted the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center, where he was confined for most of his youth.

“[It’s] where I spent the worst 18 months of my life, but it was a turning point,” Jelly Roll continued. “I found my real love for rapping here. I loved all music as a listener, but I didn’t think I could sing, but there was something about rhythmic rapping and poetry that I understood…”

Since taking to the Bridgestone Arena stage, Jelly Roll has earned a two No. 1 hits, including “Dead Man Walking” and “Son Of A Sinner.” He also made his country awards show debut with a performance of “Son Of A Sinner” at the CMT Music Awards, where he also took home three awards. 

New Album Coming Soon

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Jelly Roll is currently preparing to release his new album, WHITSITT CHAPEL, which arrives on June 2, 2023. The project, named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending, will feature 13 tracks, including his current single “NEED A FAVOR” and the previously released track, “SHE.”

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll shared in a statement.

WHITSITT CHAPEL, which serves as Jelly Roll’s debut full-length country record via BMG/Stoney Creek Records, will also include three collaborations. Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings joins Jelly Roll on “Behind Bars” and Yelawolf is featured on “Unlive,” while Lainey Wilson teamed up with the 38-year-old hitmaker to recreate his fan-favorite tune, “Save Me.”

Jelly Roll; Photo by Patrick Tohill
Jelly Roll; Photo by Patrick Tohill

2023 Tour

Additionally, Jelly Roll will soon embark on his massive 44-date headlining arena tour, dubbed the Backroad Baptism Tour.

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers, the trek kicks off on Friday, July 28 at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi. The Backroad Baptism will run through Saturday, October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.

“The Backroad Baptism Tour is a big one for me, y’all! I’m bringing my friends out on the road this summer, and I can’t wait to see every one of you mutherf***ers at a show,” Jelly Roll shared.

Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, Yelawolf will serve as support on select dates of the tour.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.