By Marla Ogletree
Rocky Duncan, Jr., son of Rollene and Fred Coley, of Folkston, and Rocky Duncan, Sr., of Colquitt, developed a love for music at a young age. “My mother is very musically inclined. She sings, plays piano - all of that,” he said.
He grew up going to church, which helped him develop his love of song. Rocky started his career as a drummer in the fifth grade – for the middle school band, but, as he grew, he developed a taste for other genres, such as country, southern rock, hard rock, hip hop, and more.
“Luckily, I’ve always had rhythm,” he said, and it would serve him well.
After graduating from Charlton County High School in 1993, he attended Georgia Southern University, where he found a new passion as a disk jockey and transformed into DJ Rock. Becoming a deejay first started as a side job, just playing weddings, bars, nightclubs, and corporate functions. During this time, Duncan would meet a young man named Luke Bryan. The two became acquainted while playing the same venues and have worked together, off and on, for the last eight years.
Rocky has had the pleasure of being the deejay for artists such as Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Florida-Georgia Line, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, J-Lo, Pitbull, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, and even Gucci Mane.
A highlight of his career, for him, was working with the Charlie Daniels Band. “That’s when I was fan-boying out,” he said with a laugh.
Duncan has also been the official deejay for the New England Patriots for their last three Super Bowls, and even played for Governor Kemp’s inauguration ball.
Working with these artists has taken him to a lot fun places. He’s travelled all over the United States, and has even ventured outside its borders into Canada and Mexico, which included a trip to the Riviera Maya for Luke Bryan’s “Crash my Playa”. He’s played at a number of stadiums, including Dodger and Gillette, and even Fenway Park.
“I always love playing Gillette Stadium. It’s always a lot of fun,” he said. Rocky has also played for pool parties at the Palms Casino in Vegas. “Vegas is always a lot of fun too,” he jokes.
He has had a great time playing in clubs like The Tavern in Milledgeville, and a club called District in Atlanta. Recently, he appeared on the Today Show with Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell.
“It was only a glimpse, but as a buddy of mine said, ‘You were still on the Today Show’, and I guess that’s right,” he chuckled.
Right now, DJ Rock is a part of the Sunset Repeat tour with Bryan, Swindell, and Jon Langston, recently visiting Cleveland, and upstate New York. The artists will eventually make their way back to the southeast where they’ll perform in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Jacksonville (August 1), then on to Tampa, West Palm Beach, and more.
Despite his exciting adventures, Duncan keeps Charlton County proudly within his heart, and fondly recalls some of his favorite shows from Popham Hill Country Club to northeast Florida.
“My hometown is one of my biggest attributes. I think of it often,” he says, “and it never strays”.