No one blends rap and country music quite like Jelly Roll, who was the surprising most-requested artist to perform at Sturgis Buffalo Chip next August, beating out artists like Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, and Metallica.

The face-tattooed artist (Jason DeFord) seems like an odd fit in country music, but the multi-genre singer/songwriter has immense crossover appeal. The 39-year-old won three CMT Music awards for the song “Son of a Sinner” earlier this year, and this week he took home the CMA award for New Artist of the Year and performed a duet with country legend Wynona Judd. Despite the oddball pairing, Judd said singing with him was a career highlight. 

“I’ve had a multitude of big moments,” Judd told Fox News Digital, “and to get to sing with him was top 10.” 

Jelly Roll is the first musical act to be announced by Sturgis Buffalo Chip, and the next one will be revealed on November 16. If you want to add your vote for bands you’d like to see next summer at the Chip, click on this link.  

Read more in the press release below. 

Sturgis, SD (November 9, 2023): Sturgis Buffalo Chip fans prayed for Jelly Roll, and he is exactly what they are getting this coming Sturgis Rally.

On Aug. 6, 2024, Jelly Roll brings his one-of-a-kind brand of soulful musical poetry to The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. Concerts are free with a campground admission pass. Passes are available at and for the next six days only the Chip is offering multi-day packages for 50% off.

Southern hip-hop maestro turned country star Jelly Roll is not merely an artist; he’s a lyrical preacher whose verses echo the deepest corners of the soul. Hits from his latest album, “Whitsitt Chapel,” stand as a testament to his poetic prowess, capturing human struggles with unparalleled authenticity.

Recently, Jelly Roll’s musical sermons have earned him several awards including the CMT Music Award for Male Video of the Year and the fan-voted People’s Choice Country Award for Male Artist of 2023. Countless faithful fans have experienced Jelly Roll’s Backroad Baptism on tour stops across the country, and now Buffalo Chip guests will hear the gospel of Jelly Roll come August.

“Jelly is on a roll,” said Sturgis Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “Not only is he one of the most popular country artists in the world right now, but he is also the number one requested artist to play the 84th Sturgis Rally according to Buffalo Chip social media polls. After seeing everyone’s requests for Jelly, we just had to have him here for a party like no other.”

Jelly Roll is the first of dozens of bands to be announced to play at the Chip in 2024, with next announcement scheduled for November 16. Fans who would like to request their favorite band can do so at

In addition to world-class entertainment like Jelly Roll, Buffalo Chip guests can experience thrilling events, legendary rides, powerful freedom celebrations, top-tier bike shows, heart-pounding stunts, white-knuckle racing, worthwhile charity events and more during the 2024 event. The festival runs Aug. 2-11, 2024. For a full list of Sturgis Buffalo Chip events, see The Buffalo Chip is home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and is the official sponsor of the free Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program.


About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip 

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the award-winning leader in music and motorcycle lifestyle experiences. Hailed as The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling® and The Best Party Anywhere®, it has been the epicenter of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally since its establishment in 1981. Every August, the Buffalo Chip brings together the world’s largest gathering of music and motorcycle fans, with visitors from all 50 states and over 20 countries. It remains one of the world’s most televised and longest-running independent music festivals. The Chip advances the Sturgis Rally by being home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and the official sponsor of the Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program. More details are available at


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