J. D. Wilkes
Wilkes in 2007
April 18, 1972 |
Baytown, Texas, United States
|Genres||Punk blues, rockabilly, country blues|
|Labels||YepRoc, Bloodshot, Colonel Knowledge, Arkam, 30 Tigers|
|Associated acts||Legendary Shack Shakers
The Dirt Daubers
Reverend Horton Heat
Hank Williams III
Joshua "J. D." Wilkes (born April 18, 1972, Baytown, Texas), and now a resident of Paducah, Kentucky, is an American visual artist, musician, author and amateur filmmaker. Wilkes is a Kentucky Colonel, an honorable title bestowed upon those with a connection to, or are famous residents of Kentucky, by the state's Governor. He is also an accomplished harmonica player, having recorded for such artists as Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton, and Hank Williams III. He can be spotted playing harmonica for Hank Williams III in the 2004 "American Masters" film Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues. His song "Swampblood" can be heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for HBO's True Blood series.
Wilkes is known as the founder and only remaining original member of the Legendary Shack Shakers, formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in the late 90's. Wilkes' contributions to visual art include many sideshow banners and comic strips. His "Head Cheese" strip was seen in the Nashville Metromix weekly from 2005-2008. Other works by Wilkes have been seen in Juxtapoz, Snicker, ALARM Magazine, and TopShelfComix.com. Wilkes illustrated a book titled "Spookiest Stories Ever" for the University Press of Kentucky, released in 2010.In October 2013, The History Press published Wilkes' "Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky", a history of traditional music get-togethers in the Bluegrass State.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Kentucky's Murray State University.
In 2006, Wilkes, along with Blake Judd, Todd Tue, and Jacob Ennis, began work on a documentary film titled Seven Signs, that explored "music, myth, and the American South."  The film premiered on December 30, 2007, at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee and debuted in the UK at London's prestigious Raindance Film Festival. In early 2009, Wilkes formed The Dirt Daubers, an old-time roots-influenced side project with his wife, Jessica, and "Slow" Layne Hendrickson. The band's self-titled debut was released in October 2009.
Occasionally, Wilkes and the Shack Shakers appear in the Danish theatrical production F.U.B.A.R., a production of Copenhagen’s Mute Comp Theatre. The play, which tackles the subject of illegal gun trade around the globe, features a speaking part by J.D. He also reprised his “preacher” character (developed for Shooter Jennings' The Real Me video) when he acted as the presenter at the 2013 Addy Awards in Cincinnati, OH.
- J.D.'s Tasteless Chill Tonic, Legendary Shack Shakers, (1996, Conan)
- "Go Hog Wild b/w She's Gone Haywire" 45, Legendary Shack Shakers, (1997, Conan/Misprint Records)
- Hunkerdown With Those Legendary Shack Shakers, Legendary Shack Shakers, (1998, Spinout)
- Cockadoodledon't, Legendary Shack Shakers, (2003, Bloodshot)
- Believe, Legendary Shack Shakers, (2004, YepRoc)
- Pandelirium, Legendary Shack Shakers, (2006, YepRoc)
- "No Such Thing b/w Born Again Again" 45 (2006, YepRoc)
- Swampblood, Legendary Shack Shakers, (2007, YepRoc)
- The Dirt Daubers, The Dirt Daubers (2009, Arkam)
- AgriDustrial, Legendary Shack Shakers (2010, Colonel Knowledge/30 Tigers)
- Wake Up, Sinners, The Dirt Daubers (2011, Colonel Knowledge Records/30 Tigers)
- Kitchen Tapes, (2012, Arkam)
- Wild Moon, (J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers (2013, Plowboy Records)
- Dump Road EP, Legendary Shack Shakers (2013, Arkam)
- Seven Signs (2007)