Legendary Shack Shakers
|Legendary Shack Shakers|
Legendary Shack Shakers in Nashville, TN, 2010.
|Origin||Murray, Kentucky, USA|
|Genres||Rockabilly, Swamp Rock, Southern Gothic, Carnival, Hillbilly|
J.D. Wilkes - vocals, harmonica, banjo
Mark Robertson - upright bass, electric bass, backing vocals
Rod Hamdallah - guitar
Brett Whitacre - drums
|Past members||Chris Dettloff - drums
Paul Simmons - drums
JoeBuck - guitar
Jerry Roe - drums
David Lee - guitar
Duane Denison - Guitar
The Legendary Shack Shakers (originally Those or Th' ) are an American rockabilly/blues band that formed in Paducah, Kentucky in the mid-1990s. They are inspired by Rock 'n Roll, Country Blues, Old Time, Carnival music, Swamp rock, and other obscure Southern music genres. The band originally had a more traditional rockabilly sound, but later began to relie more on its rock 'n roll and "southern gothic" influences.
Founding member Col. J.D. Wilkes is the band's vocalist and also plays the harmonica. Musical maverick JoeBuck joined the band in the early 21st Century and played all the upright bass, guitars, and drums on the group's first wide release release, Cockadoodledon't (2003). Wilkes is noted for his theatric stage performances, which have been compared to those of Iggy Pop, David Byrne, and Jerry Lee Lewis. JoeBuck left the band in late 2003 and began touring and recording with Hank Williams III. Mark Robertson currently plays upright bass, and Brett Whitacre is the drummer. Duane Denison, member of recently reformed The Jesus Lizard (and formerly of Hank Williams III) joined the band in 2008. Current garage blues guitar player Rod Hamdallah joined the group in early 2012.
The band initially gained notoriety when GEICO used their track "CB Song" on their year-long "Sunglasses" television ad. Horror novelist Stephen King would later list the same track as among his iPod's Top Five in a 2008 Entertainment Weekly article. That same year, the Legendary Shack Shakers' tune "Swampblood" was featured on the soundtrack for HBO's True Blood, the CD release of which went on to receive a Grammy nomination the following year.
Throughout the mid 2000s, the band regularly toured with The Reverend Horton Heat, who also appears as a guest guitarist on three tracks from their 2006 album, Pandelirium. Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra also guested on the album's opening track, "Ichabod."
Occasionally, Wilkes and the Shack Shakers appear in the Danish theatrical production FUBAR., 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 Wilkes. After performing at the 2013 production of FUBAR, the band resumed their two-year hiatus. Currently, Legendary Shack Shakers is slated for a reunion concert at the 2014 Muddy Roots festival in Cookeville, TN.
After their special appearance at the Muddy Roots Festival in August, the Shack Shakers will be on tour in September 2014, playing shows across the East Coast and Midwest.
The band has toured with The Black Keys, The Damned, Robert Plant, Rancid, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, and Hank Williams III, among others. In 2003, Time Out New York Magazine said The Legendary Shack Shakers were "Among Top Ten Live NYC acts of the year". Jello Biafra of Alternative Tentacles and The Dead Kennedys called J.D. Wilkes "the last great Rock and Roll frontman." News Of The World called them "The maddest, baddest, most outrageous band in America.. a rockabilly version of the Sex Pistols." The Nashville Scene called Wilkes the Best Frontman in Nashville in a 2002 vote.
- Hunkerdown (Spinout, 1998)
- Cockadoodledon't (Bloodshot, 2003)
- Believe (YepRoc, 2004)
- Pandelirium (YepRoc, 2006)
- Lower Broad Lo-Fi (Arkam Records, 2007)
- Swampblood (YepRoc, 2007)
- AgriDustrial (Colonel Knowledge, 2010)
- Interviews and Reviews