JD Wilkes and The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged

Anchors Aweigh Presents

JD Wilkes and The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged

Saddle Of Southern Darkness

Thu 3/22/18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)

$5.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

$7 Advance & Day of Show

JD Wilkes and The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
JD Wilkes and The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
The Legendary Shack Shakers hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic and swampy "hillbilly blues" that is all-at-once irreverent, lyrical, 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 swamp blues, rock n' roll and hillbilly music have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.

Between intermittent hiatuses to work on other projects (including JD's sideshow banner-style artwork for acts like The Squirrel Nut Zippers and Marty Stuart...plus his two published books The Vine That Ate the South and Barn Dances & Jamborees Across Kentucky), the band is constantly re-mobilizing, much to the excitement of many a Shack Shakers fanatic. Despite Wilkes' extracurricular projects, the band's reputation for intense entertainment 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”, while former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has called JD “the last great Rock and Roll frontman.” Having joined the band in early 2012, guitarist Rod Hamdallah provides the garage-y blues stylings to their last two releases, while the rhythm section is rounded out by Preston Corn on drums and Fuller Condon thumping the upright bass.

Although not necessarily "legendary" upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last several years due to their heavy tour schedule, seven critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs that have been featured on television shows such as HBO’s True Blood and Swamp Loggers. 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, cult like 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 riotous tunes.
Saddle Of Southern Darkness
Saddle Of Southern Darkness
Forged in the hills of Kentucky and tempered in the mountains of Colorado, Saddle of Southern Darkness is rapidly carving a path across the country to deliver you a sound as tenebrous as it is true.

"The Southern country Twang is evident straightaway in the guitar playing style on the opening track 'Compelled To Dig' and this element is carried throughout the album as one of the core features in the band's sound. Metal heads aren't typically into country music, but brothers, Trent and Chase Williams sure are, and they do their best to turn metal loving listeners onto country with the clean-old-school metal style of vocals and the dark undertones metal heads may easily identify and relate to."
- Andrew Bansal ( Metal Assault )

Armed with backwood river bottom folklore, brothers Chase and Trent Williams (KY) have assimilated bassist Mark Rossi (CO) and percussionist Rob Van Natta (CO) to complete their sonorous construct.

"What started as two brothers recording the layers to compose a song the question arose; how would we play this live? With trial and error of Resonator/ Steel guitars and Mandolins strapped to mic stands, we have been able to achieve our sound in a live setting with the addition of our rhythm section."

**Western Kill-billy**
Utilizing select elements from a variety of classic genres, Saddle of Southern Darkness has woven together a gossamer synthesis bound only by the most clandestine curiosities.

"The band’s unique sound was inspired by metal artists such as Bathory, Dissection, Grave, and traditional country artists like Hank Williams (Senior, Junior, and III), George Jones, and Wayne Hancock, to name a few.”
Venue Information:
Streets of London Pub
1501 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO, 80218