Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Legendary Shack Shakers to rock Whiskey’s

Live Music

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo The Legendary Shack Shakers bring their own brand of Southern rock to Whiskey Jacques’ on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10 p.m.

The Legendary Shack Shakers describe themselves as Southern Gothic rock 'n' roll. Led by blues harpist, J.D. Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man band that plays blues, punk, rock and country.

Band members include former Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison, drummer Brett Whitacre, and Mark Robertson on bass. Wilkes, also a filmmaker, made his directorial debut with the indie documentary "Seven Signs," which depicts a struggling Appalachian and Delta culture despite heavy modernization.

"We try to tap into basic primal instincts," Wilkes said. "Rock 'n' roll is a cathartic release. Anything that doesn't realize that bestial nature isn't rock 'n' roll."

The band is also well known for "The CB Song," which is part of the long-running "Sunglasses" Geico commercial, featuring the animated gecko. The song was also listed by author Stephen King as one of his top five favorite tunes in a 2008 article in Entertainment Weekly.

In addition to his musical accolades, Wilkes has also been recognized as an accomplished illustrator and painter whose works further the band's mission of celebrating and honoring the tradition of the American South.

Alarm Magazine described him as the "ambassador of genuine traditional Southern culture" and compared his unique storytelling abilities to that of other Southern voices such as William Faulkner, Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters.

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