The Legendary Shack Shakers announce THREE November dates in NL15-09-2015
Punk roots band The Legendary Shack Shakers are back with a new album, "The Southern Surreal". It was released only a couple of days ago through Jello Biafra's record label Alternative Tentacles. This is the first output of The Legendary Shack Shakers in five years and celebrates the band's 20th anniversary.
Following their successful late 2014 appearances, the band is back in NL for THREE shows:
20-NOV: Arnhem (NL) @ Willemeen
21-NOV: Eindhoven (NL) @ Speedfest
22-NOV: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
With "The Southern Surreal", the Shack Shakers explode the 'Southern Gothic' concept, reaching so deep into the forbidden roots of Southern culture that the rich mud they bring forth is almost unrecognizable. It’s the kind of album that could only have sprung from the mind of frontman/mad genius JD Wilkes, a relentlessly curious Southern renaissance man who’s just as comfortable shredding the hell out of a packed house full of sweaty fans as he is settling in to a late-night jam with an elder mountain fiddler. As the bandleader JD 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.
In just the past couple years, he’s released an album of old-time mountain music with lost elder Appalachian fiddler Charlie Stamper, and he’s authored a book on the barn dances and jamborees of Kentucky. As a bonafide Kentucky Colonel (a title bestowed by the state’s governor), Wilkes wears the South on his sleeve, but isn’t afraid to dirty it up a bit, howling from the speaker stack and blasting out explosive blues harmonica lines. In the end, you’d think a band with six critically acclaimed studio albums, song placements on shows like HBO’s True Blood, and fans like horror author Stephen King or Americana icon Robert Plant, might take this one a bit easy. But the Legendary Shack Shakers are rolling harder than ever, bringing a new sound tied as much to the South’s haunted folklore as to the wall-rattling live shows that first gave them their ‘legendary’ moniker.