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Dirt Daubers to clean up at festival
Written by By COLE CHRISTENSEN/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 13:38
Colonel J.D. Wilkes is something of a stage legend. As the lead singer for the outrageous alt-country-rock group the Legendary Shack Shakers, he has been called one of the last great rock and roll front man.
Onstage antics (including cartwheels and the occasional nun-chuck demonstration) combined with firebrand and near prophetic musical preaching approach what he defines as near circus sideshow levels in live shows around the world.
So, knowing his current approach to live music in the Shack Shakers, one might be curious what persona Wilkes takes on in his non-Shack Shakers life. The answer undoubtedly rests with his side project the Dirt Daubers.
The Dirt Daubers were formed on a whim for a live concert at the Raindance Film Festival in London England, at which Wilkes’ debut his award-winning documentary film about Appalachian life called “Seven Signs.”
The festival organizers asked for live music in exchange for airfare and hotel, and unable to bring the entire Shake Shakers outfit with him, Wilkes turned to his wife Jessica and a bass playing friend for a quick one-time tour.
The success of that gig, and a growing need to explore his roots as a Kentucky musician led Wilkes to formalize the Dirt Daubers into a touring and songwriting second band.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 14:01
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