TH' LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS at the Pike Room

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $12 (buy tickets)

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TH' 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 wildly charismatic frontman/blues-harpist, J.D. Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans and critics into true believers. With the recent addition of former Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison (Hank III/Tomahawk) and drumming wunderkind, Brett Whitacre, the Legendary Shack Shakers have quickly become known for providing some of the best entertainment (live or otherwise) that you can get for your hard earned money. Described as '...the last great Rock and Roll frontman' by Jello Biafra (of the Dead Kennedys), Shack Shakers front man J.D. Wilkes began yelpin' the blues through a ham radio microphone at his boyhood home of Paducah, Kentucky...a short farmer's blow away from where his future bassist Mark Robertson was cutting his teeth on punk rock and gospel music in Nashville, Tennessee. When their paths crossed a few years later in the lawless honky tonks of Music City's Lower Broadway scene, they found their individuated styles and common interests meshed. That's when the like-minded, red-headed musical misfits began their crusade.

For the uninitiated, the band's debauched live show is the necessary counterpart to their hard-hitting recordings. Hillbilly royalty, Hank Williams III once said after touring with them that it was 'like having SLAYER open up for you every night,' and called J.D. Wilkes and his crew, 'the best damn front man and band in America.' On stage, J.D. Wilkes is like a mad southern preacher with a bible in one hand and a glass of strychnine in the other. Meshing Pentecostal themes with pained lyrics and show-stopping moves that draw comparisons to Tom Waits and the grotesque facial and bodily contortions of Iggy Pop, the band has developed a live show like none other. 'We try to tap into basic primal instincts,' said Wilkes. 'Rock 'n' roll is a cathartic release. Anything that doesn't realize that bestial nature isn't rock 'n' roll.'

 

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