Pennsylvania Wedding Band Jellyroll has filed a lawsuit against Jelly Roll, alleging trademark infringement.

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Attorneys representing Kurt L. Titchenell, a member of the band Jellyroll, assert that he has been utilizing the moniker since 1980, which predates the birth of the country star Jelly Roll by four years.

The term “jelly roll” typically refers to a sponge cake filled with sweet ingredients. However, it’s also the stage name of a well-known country singer, as well as the name of a wedding band based in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania band alleges that their trademark rights have been violated.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court on April 8, lawyers representing Kurt L. Titchenell, a member of the Jellyroll band, are requesting that Jelly Roll, whose real name is Jason Bradley DeFord, cease using the name. They claim that the band adopted the name around 1980 and secured a trademark for it in 2010, with a renewal in 2019.

The complaint states that Jellyroll has been performing at various events, including celebrations and charitable functions, across the United States since at least 1980, starting in the Delaware Valley and expanding to the Northeast region.


The lawsuit alleges that the Jellyroll band has performed at notable venues, including two shows at the White House for President George W. Bush and his family.

Jelly Roll, born in 1984, has mentioned that his stage name was given to him by his mother during his childhood. While he started releasing music in the early 2000s, the complaint asserts that he did not begin using the stage name until around 2010.

The main concern for Titchenell and his band is the issue of name recognition. The suit states, “Prior to the Defendant’s recent rise in notoriety, a search of the name Jellyroll on most search engines, and particularly Google, returned references to the Plaintiff.”


Titchenell’s legal team further notes, “Now, any such search on Google returns multiple references to Defendant, perhaps as many as 18-20 references before any reference to Plaintiff’s entertainment dance band known as Jellyroll® can be found.”

According to the complaint, Titchenell sent a cease-and-desist letter to “various email addresses believed to be associated with” Jelly Roll and his team. In response, Jelly Roll’s representatives expressed interest in discussing the matter.

Titchenell’s lawyers state, “Several conversations ensued and at one point Defendant’s counsel inquired as to whether Defendant really was in competition with Plaintiff.”


The lawsuit emphasizes Jelly Roll’s forthcoming Beautifully Broken Tour, which includes dates in the Northeast, notably a performance at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia—a significant venue for Jellyroll’s business activities.

Titchenell’s legal representatives argue that Jelly Roll’s use of the name is “creating confusion in the marketplace as to” which of the acts will be appearing at a particular event.

As of now, a representative for Jelly Roll has not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.


Since the release of his Ballads of the Broken album in 2021, Jelly Roll has catapulted to mainstream fame with hit singles such as “Need a Favor” and “Save Me.”

This year alone, he has clinched three CMT Music Awards and two iHeartRadio Music Awards. Additionally, Jelly Roll has received his first four nominations for the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards.

In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Jelly Roll shared, “I spent my whole life just thinking that what I was doing would never be heard or seen. I almost gave up on any dream of this thing ever being like it is now, and man, is it just incredible to be in the middle of it. I’m grateful.”