"Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr." (born March 18, 1966, Tacoma, Washington) is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the grunge/metal band Alice in Chains from the group's formation in 1987 until the group's dissolution in the mid-1990s due to lead singer Layne Staley's battle with drug addiction. (Staley died of an overdose in April 2002).
Cantrell began a solo career following his tenure with Alice in Chains and in 1998 released the album ''Boggy Depot'' (Columbia), featuring Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney and bassist (one of four) Les Claypool of Primus. In June 2002 Cantrell issued his second album ''Degradation Trip'' (Roadrunner), with Mike Bordin (Faith No More) on drums and Robert Trujillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies) as bassist; it was followed in November of that year by a re-release as a double album on the same label, featuring eleven additional tracks. The album was released shortly after Staley's death and is dedicated to him. The ''Degradation Trip'' song "She Was My Girl" was included on the soundtrack for the 2002 movie Spider-Man.