JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED

Psyko Steve Presents

JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED

THE BLOOD FEUD FAMILY SINGERS, MR. MUDD & MR. GOLD

Tue, April 3, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

JD WILKES
JD WILKES
JD Wilkes is an American musician, visual artist, author, filmmaker and self-proclaimed "southern surrealist". He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (notably on harmonica and banjo), having recorded with such artists as Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton, and Hank Williams III. Wilkes’ latest solo album Cattle in the Cane (Arkam Records, January 2015) includes his own renditions of traditional tunes (mostly old-time mountain music), with performances by elder Kentucky fiddler Charlie Stamper (the brother of Art Stamper) on many of the tracks. In the last two years, Wilkes has continued to develop his solo project, having toured with Charlie Parr and The Tillers, as well as performing at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Wilkes is perhaps best known as the founder of the Legendary Shack Shakers, a Southern Gothic rock and blues band formed in the mid 90s. Fans of his work with Legendary Shack Shakers include Stephen King, Robert Plant and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. Rolling Stone named Wilkes as the “best frontman” at the 2015 Americana Music Association Festival for his performance with the band. Regarding the group’s "southern gothic" lyricism, Billboard Magazine said "[Wilkes writes] mind-blowing lyrics rife with Biblical references and ruminations of life, death, sin and redemption.” Legendary Shack Shakers have toured with the likes of Robert Plant and The Black Keys, among others. Their music has been featured in HBO’s True Blood series, and in a long-running Geico commercial.

JD Wilkes has been compared to iconoclasts like David Byrne, Iggy Pop, or Jerry Lee Lewis, and with his small, wiry frame and intense, incandescent performances, it’s not hard to see why. But while he plays the carnival barker onstage, he’s a dedicated lifelong student of true Southern culture. Master banjo player Dom Flemons said, “JD is a real old-Kentucky banjo player and he can take that to the bank! I gotta watch out next time I see his banjo.” A resident of Paducah, Kentucky, Wilkes is a Kentucky Colonel, an honorable title bestowed by the state's Governor upon those with a connection to, or who are famous residents of the state of Kentucky. In 2015, Wilkes was featured on the BBC original series Songs of the South, in an episode focusing on the musical history of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Aside from his prolific career in music, Wilkes is also a published writer, having recently authored the book Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky, an exploration of his state’s social music and dance history based on extensive fieldwork and research. A true Southern Renaissance man, Wilkes is also an accomplished visual artist (specializing in comics, sideshow banners and book illustrations) as well as a documentary filmmaker (his documentary Seven Signs explores “music, myths, and the American South” and was screened at the UK’s prestigious Raindance Film Festival).
THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS
THE 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.
THE BLOOD FEUD FAMILY SINGERS
THE BLOOD FEUD FAMILY SINGERS
D.G. Scherrer - guitar, voice /
Marc Oxborrow - bass, voice /
Douglas Berry - drums /
Mark Allred - guitar

The Blood Feud Family Singers' debut album, "No Moon," is billed as a twelve song collection of "romantic agony and stories that ended badly before they even began." The band, who've dubbed their sound "Americana Noir," has developed a reputation for witnessing to the dark side of human nature with wit, eloquence and vigorous energy, an aesthetic vision which one reviewer described as sounding "like a spooky Old 97s" and which one cheeky fan described as "a rollicking bad time."

The BFFS formed in 2014, originally a duo consisting of guitarist Daryl Scherrer (from the post- punk band Monster May I) and bassist Marc Oxborrow (from political punk-grass darlings The Haymarket Squares). In finding personnel for the album, they wound up recruiting drummer Douglas Berry (of The Riveras) as a permanent member, and have since brought guitarist Mark Allred (also a Haymarket Square) into their fold.

“No Moon” was recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at Scherrer’s house, using free software and economy-class microphones. Of the DIY approach, Scherrer says, “Sonically, I wanted the record to stand as a testament to what a person with very limited resources can accomplish all on their own. Of course, it also stands as a testament to what a cheapskate and control freak I am. In any case, given those creative constrictions, the record sounds, I dare say, really damned good.”

About the pessimism, hostility and general darkness of The BFFS’s lyrics, Scherrer (who is the band’s chief songwriter) says, “If you want to get lofty, you could say the songs are written in a Freudian spirit—the return of the repressed. We all spend so much time and energy trying to be healthy and well-adjusted and productive people that we programmatically forget all the parts of ourselves that are pathological—the grieving, failed, broken, hateful, murderous, psychopathic faces of our personalities. Our songs are about remembering the rest of ourselves, the people we all wish we weren’t.”

Scherrer was named 2015's Songwriter of the Year by YamYum Music & Arts Magazine. "No Moon" was named the best album of 2015 by Paul Riley of Country Music People Magazine.
MR. MUDD & MR. GOLD
Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold were born in Phoenix, Arizona during the Great Dust Storm of 2011. From the dust and wreckage emerged a bastard child of country, blues, Appalachia, bluegrass, and rockabilly that wanted nothing more than to kick your ass. You like getting your ass kicked, don't you? Then come be friends with Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold.
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/