Legendary Shack Shakers

Legendary Shack Shakers

The Legendary Shack Shakers' hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.

After taking more than a year off to work on other projects (including JD Wilkes's book "Barn Dances & Jamborees Across Kentucky"), the band is re-mobilizing in the fall of 2014 much to the excitement of many a Shack Shaker fanatic. Despite the group's time off, their reputation for intensity has stuck with them. On stage, JD has been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop, David Byrne, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Nashville Scene named Wilkes "the best frontman in Nashville" in 2002, while former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has called JD "the last great Rock and Roll frontman." Having joined the band in early 2012, garage blues guitar player Rod Hamdallah--who also lends his prowess to Wilkes's side project 'JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers'--is back in the Shack Shakers' lineup. The rhythm section is rounded out with Brett Whitacre on drums and Mark Robertson thumping out the upright bass.

Although not legendary upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last several years due to their heavy tour schedule, six critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs that have been featured on television shows such as HBO's True Blood. Past tour mates and fans include Reverend Horton Heat, Rancid, The Black Keys, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, and Hank Williams III. Robert Plant is also a noted Legendary Shack Shakers fan, and picked the band to open for him on his 2005 tour of Europe. Plant named the band's third album Believe as one of his favorite records of 2005. The list of esteemed admirers goes on to include horror novelist Stephen King, who listed "CB Song" as among his iPod's Top Five in a 2008 Entertainment Weekly article. Such a wealth of devoted fans over the years has only added to the mystique that the Legendary Shack Shakers possess, carrying them down the road toward new creative pursuits and barn-shaking tunes.

Jessica Lee Wilkes

Jessica Lee Wilkes is no stranger to the spotlight. Her upcoming release Lone Wolf (Free Dirt Records) may be her debut album, but for the past five years she's been a key member of the JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, penning songs, sharing lead vocal duties, and playing a critical role in furthering the groove and swagger the band is known for via her dynamic stage presence and skills on upright bass.

But with Lone Wolf, Jessica Lee Wilkes trades in her upright for an electric bass, and takes over center stage; her empowering aura and skillful musicianship continue, leaving no question of her rightful place as a commanding front woman. The five song EP takes Jessica's raw rock 'n roll edge to new heights and scorches you with the fire of a fearless femme fatale. Hearkening back to classic 50s rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues, Jessica injects these forms with an energy and vigor that shake the dust off a classic sound. Complete with swinging brass parts, surf-inspired guitar licks, and punchy handclaps, Lone Wolf is an infectiously timeless record.

Based in Paducah, KY, Jessica has won over many a famous fan throughout her musical career, including rock legend Wanda Jackson, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, along with JD McPherson and his band; in fact, Jason Smay, drummer in McPherson's band, recorded drums on Lone Wolf, while guitar parts were provided by celebrated rockabilly guitarist Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets.

2015 marks a new chapter in Jessica's music career, with Lone Wolf set to release this Summer, and Jessica hitting the road and her touring band (Preston Corn on drums, Wyatt Maxwell on guitar) to tour the USA this Spring and Summer, including sets at Rhythm N' Blooms and Lowertown Music & Arts Festival.

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