Late April shows confirmed for J.D. Wilkes & The Legendary Shack Shakers01-02-2018
A sense of place has long permeated the music of JD Wilkes & The Shack Shaker Duo. He’s a native of Paducah, Kentucky, a city located at the confluence of various rivers and cultures - an area where musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people.
“Of course, there’s bluegrass and hillbilly songs, but also blues, jazz, old time fiddle music, jug band music, even swamp rock,” says Wilkes. “It’s a great intersection there. I think I epitomize that in the way that I write and perform.”
Wilkes’ solo debut, Fire Dream, represents the apotheoses of that vision: a hillbilly-gypsy epic, it’s an album of art damaged cabaret music, leavened by Latin rhythms and high lonesome hollers. Call it boho bluegrass — maybe what Tom Waits would sound like if he were a Kentucky Colonel (a title that Wilkes happens to hold). The album is due out on Big Legal Mess through Fat Possum Records on 16 February.
In the end of April JD Wilkes & The Shack Shaker Duo are over for these shows: