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.
The Legendary Shack Shakers’ hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic and swampy “hillbilly blues” that is all-at-once irreverent, lyrical, 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 swamp blues, rock n’ roll and hillbilly music have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.
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.
Our local rockabilly will get us started. There’s traditional rockabilly bands, there’ s psycobilly bands, there’s punkabilly bands, then there’s Motor City Riot. MCR is all of those sounds and more. They’re not a band that likes to limit themselves. The members of MCR are music fans first and foremost. Their many influences, including TIger Army, Johnny Cash, and newer groups like The Rocketz, and The Chop Tops bleed through their songs creating a vintage/ punk/ country sound you’ll love. So do yourself a favor and catch a show next time they’re in your area, you wont be disappointed.
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