JD Wilkes with The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
47 E Mohawk St, Buffalo, NY, 14203
Thursday, June 21, 7pm doors/8pm show
$15 advance/$18 day of show
18+ (ID Required) - No ID/No Entry
Legendary Shack Shakers
The 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 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 the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.
After taking more than a year off to work on other projects (including JD Wilkes's book "Barn Dances & Jamborees Across Kentucky"), the band is re-mobilizing in the fall of 2014 much to the excitement of many a Shack Shaker fanatic. Despite the group?s time off, their reputation for intensity has stuck with them. On stage, JD has been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop, David Byrne, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Nashville Scene named Wilkes ?the best frontman in Nashville? in 2002, while former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has called JD ?the last great Rock and Roll frontman.? Having joined the band in early 2012, garage blues guitar player Rod Hamdallah--who also lends his prowess to Wilkes's side project ?JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers'--is back in the Shack Shakers? lineup. The rhythm section is rounded out with Brett Whitacre on drums and Mark Robertson thumping out the upright bass.
Although not legendary upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last several years due to their heavy tour schedule, six critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs that have been featured on television shows such as HBO?s True Blood. Past tour mates and fans include Reverend Horton Heat, Rancid, The Black Keys, Slim Cessna?s Auto Club, and Hank Williams III. Robert Plant is also a noted Legendary Shack Shakers fan, and picked the band to open for him on his 2005 tour of Europe. Plant named the band's third album Believe as one of his favorite records of 2005. The list of esteemed admirers goes on to include horror novelist Stephen King, who listed ?CB Song? as among his iPod?s Top Five in a 2008 Entertainment Weekly article. Such a wealth of devoted fans over the years has only added to the mystique that the Legendary Shack Shakers possess, carrying them down the road toward new creative pursuits and barn-shaking tunes.
This tour will feature a stripped down set up, but with the full band, and they?ll do JD Wilkes songs from the new record, Fire Dream, and your Legendary Shack Shaker Favorites...
After leading several popular ?80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville?s Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed ?90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band?s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. With BR on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville?s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman?s Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.
As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show?s original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show?s Tony Award-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London?s NoŽl Coward Theatre. In 2013, MDQ broke the Chicago record for longest running musical.
Chuck?s acclaimed 2012 release, Back At The Quonset Hut, was recorded at Nashville?s legendary Quonset Hut Studio where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country?s greatest tracks. Produced by original BR549 producer Mike Janas and with the participation of students from Belmont University?s College of Entertainment and Music Business, the album of classic covers features surviving members of Music Row?s original ?A Team? studio musicians as well as guest appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, Jamie Johnson and Bobby Bare.
2014 ushered in Free State Serenade, a new Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys release on Nashville-based Plowboy Records. Produced by long-time ally and friend Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and featuring BR549?s Don Herron, Old Crow Medicine Show?s Critter Fuqua, Alan Murphy, Will Rambeaux, and Mark Andrew Miller, Free State Serenade is Chuck Mead?s strongest effort yet.