Psyko Steve Presents



Sat, April 20, 2019

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

$14.00 - $16.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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.
Dark, rocking, gloomy, energetic, frantic, good-looking, humble, and certainly worthy of your hard-earned money.
Whiskey Kiss style themselves retro-revamped rock and roll: a sound that incorporates their vintage roots with a nod to their modern take on music. They unabashedly blend traditional roots music with swing, pop, and rock stylings for a sound that's fresh & fierce, and uniquely their own.

Taking influences from a range of rockabilly legends such as Wanda Jackson and Johnny Burnett, to modern pioneers like Jack White and Amy Winehouse, their melodic and complex songwriting breathes life into the classic vintage sound. In the band's short history, they've shared the stage with top rockabilly acts like The Blasters, The Chop Tops, Cadillac Tramps, Deke Dickerson, and even had the privilege of backing the Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson onstage. They also fit naturally when they play with Detroit garage band acts like Motobunny and The Love Me Nots.

Led by husband and wife duo, Niki and Nick White, the band has grown into a musical powerhouse that is starting to gain serious attention. Songwriter and vocalist Niki is a petite charmer with a powerful voice. Bruce Legge on trumpet balances classical training with raw fervor. Tommy Collins, known for his time playing with Three Bad Jacks, The Rhythm Dragons, and Voodoo Swing is famed for his acrobatics and traditional styling on the doghouse bass. Nick White, who originally appeared on the upright, brings a brand new edge to the band with his take on guitar, and drummer Mike Robinson is new to the rockabilly scene, but his talent behind the kit shows he is no novice.

Their debut album Dangerous One has been called "a brilliant mix of 'traditional' rockabilly…and jazz & rhythm (Tom Calleuw – Street Styled)", and is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Spotify. If the band's performance so far is any indication, it's sure to be a record you won't stop spinning.
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016