"Our roots are hip-hop" — words you don't hear every day from a white boy from Georgia. But Danny Boone from the band Rehab knows where his heart is. "Adding the band just made for a bigger and better live show with more visual stimulus," he says.
Rehab is a hybrid among hybrids — a band that combines the lyrical prowess of rap with classic southern rock flavor. The lineup includes lead vocalist Boone, vocalists Demun Jones and Denny "Steaknife" Campbell, rhythm guitarist Foz, Chris Hood on the drums, DJ Chris Crisis, lead guitarist Mike Hartnett, and Hano Leathers on bass.
Now that Rehab has built a following that reaches well beyond just fans of hip-hop, they are touring the country again to keep the money flowing in, and to improve upon their 2005 release Graffiti the World.
"We are definitely different in 2008," says Boone. "Back when we did Southern Discomfort (2000), we had no money. Now, our live band gives us a more powerful sting. More people come to see us now."
Rehab has been touring this month with Kid Rock, but they are not intimidated. Instead, they take working with a big name to be a learning experience. Perhaps a little star-struck, Boone seems amped to talk about how great it has been to see Rock in action. However, being the opening act can either be a gift or a curse when supporting someone so famous.
"We don't own the arena at first, but by the third song the people are going crazy," laughs Boone. "We have learned so much watching Kid Rock and seeing how he does it."
Rehab headlines their own show when they come to Charleston this week. Fans can expect to hear a lot of oldies-but-goodies, like the grassroots phenomenon "Bartender Song," which was re-mastered on their 2005 release and the hit "It Don't Matter" (from Southern Discomfort). There will be plenty of new surprises as well.
"We probably have enough songs to make six or seven new albums," says Boone. "That don't mean they are all going to be hits, but they are going to hear some new ones."
Although Rehab is not officially working on a new album release, the band is focused and happy to keep touring. Not only is it a passion for the members, but Boone makes it clear that he is happy he can get paid to do what he loves to do.
"I don't know how to do anything else," he says. "I just love music."
Boone says his bandmates feel the same way. Eight people touring together must get hectic, but he insists that it is always fun and exciting and certainly never a chore.
"Everyone in the band is 100 percent committed. Everyone shows up every day ... I mean we are all close friends and we all have the same job," says Boone. "The band keeps me going."