Session 229: Legendary Shack Shakers // Wood Chickens

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Barn Shack Wood 2AB21495 2E7A 482F B65F 4E07D4B9ABB2  

July 26, 2019 | SOLDOUT!

Doors: 6pm
Show: 7pm
This is going to be a LOUD show!

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.   


"Madison is lucky to be home to the cowpunk powerhouse Wood Chickens. Featuring hits with such telling titles as “Death Rides a Horse” and “Prairie Fire,” their live show is a certified barn burner." - The Isthmus

"A seamless blend of psychedelic rock, punk, and old-school country that will have you moshing in your cowboy hats... They’re a hard working group that is no stranger to DIY ethic and you can find them on the road quite a bit." - The Noisy Neighbor

"They’re from Wisconsin, but judging from the hootin’ and hollerin’ form of punk they’re playing, they’ve gotta be out in the sticks somewhere far from Madison or Green Bay, drinking home-brew and cutting their jeans into jean-shorts by this point of the summer. It’s punk that fearlessly enters “-abilly” territory, and while that sort of thing is decidedly not for me, something about the way Wood Chickens handle themselves is undeniably charming." -