Meet Jelly Roll The ‘Gentle Giant’ Cat Up For Adoption In Middle Tennessee

The adorable feline is named after the GRAMMY-nominated country star.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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January 11, 2024

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Jelly Roll the Cat; Photo Courtesy Proverbs 1210 Animal Rescue, Jelly Roll; Photo Provided

There’s a new Jelly Roll in town – and he’s looking for a home.

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, a foster-based 501c3 charitable organization based in Middle Tennessee, took to Facebook to share that they have an adorable cat up for adoption who is named after the hitmaking country star, Jelly Roll. The post includes a photo of a four-legged Jelly Roll, showing off his sweet face and soft white fur with spots of brown on his ears, legs, and back. 

“Meet our gentle giant, Jelly Roll, who is searching for his forever home with the perfect owner. This handsome fellow has a charming personality and loves nothing more than snacking on treats and cuddling up with his favorite humans.”

The caption also noted that the cat is “quite chatty” and is estimated to have been born on May 23, 2017. Those interested in adopting Jelly Roll, or one of the many pets looking for a new home, can apply at www.proverbs1210rescue.org.

New single On The Way

While the furry cat named Jelly Roll continues his search for a forever home, the country star Jelly Roll is continuing to thrive in his career. In the last year, the GRAMMY nominee has solidified three consecutive No. 1 hits with “Son of a Sinner,” “Need a Favor,” and “Save Me” with Lainey Wilson. Now he’s gearing up to release another single to country radio – “Halfway To Hell.” This song is set to impact airwaves on January 22, according to Country Aircheck.

Written by the genre-bending star with Jesse Frasure, Matt Jenkins, and Jessie Jo Dillon, “Halfway To Hell” appears as the opening track of his debut country record, Whitsitt Chapel

“‘Halfway to Hell’ baby, the best way to start the album, an absolute banger! I wanted to start this album with something hard, and something that meant something and something that felt something,” Jelly Roll explained. “And something that was about that constant duality of life that I love to write songs about. Being somewhere between right and wrong.”

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Coming out strong, Jelly Roll belts out the narrative that mirrors his life as a “county jail revival.” He illustrates his battle of deciding between right and wrong, and Heaven and Hell, making for an autobiographical depiction of his journey of serving time in prison to then rising to fame as a country music artist.

“I’m a county jail revival / I’m a bottle and a Bible / I’m a rolling stone disciple / With a cross across my face / I’m a trailer park tornado / Jagged edges on my halo / Hope the chariot gon’ swing low/ And carry me away,” he sings in the opening verse. 

The chorus serves as a further insight to his thoughts as he wonders, “Halfway to Heaven or halfway to hell/ My angels and demons at war with myself/ One foot in the fire and I still can’t tell/ Am I halfway to Heaven/ Halfway to Heaven or hell?” 

Jelly Roll performs in Times Square on New Year's Eve
Jelly Roll; Photo by ABC/John Argueta

He most recently brought his next single to life in Times Square while making an appearance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024. Along with this song, the Antioch, TN native performance featured a mix of his hits like “Wild Ones” (with Jessie Murph), and “Need a Favor.” To make this milestone moment even better, Jelly Roll got to ring in the new year and share the excitement with his wife, Bunnie XO, and his daughter, Bailee Ann, by his side. 

Jelly Roll has a slew of festival appearances on the books for 2024. His next stop will be Riviera Cancun, Mexico on January 17 for Luke Bryan’s annual Crash My Playa Festival. Other shows on the book include Country Thunder Arizona, Stagecoach, Tailgate N’ Tallboys Iowa, Country Jam, and more. 

For a full list of dates, visit jellyroll615.com.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.