Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
Once called “the last great rock and roll frontman” by Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, J.D. Wilkes can have an explosive edge when performing with his Nashville hillbilly-punk outfit the Legendary Shack Shakers.
Ten or so years ago, the Shack Shakers opened up for psycho-billy master Reverend Horton Heat at former club Saratoga Winners, and Wilkes’ lesser-known act practically stole the show. I seem to recall Wilkes – after baiting the crowd repeatedly by showering them with strands of his own pubic hair – nearly inciting a riot by scaling the club’s barn-like rafters and swinging a set of nunchucks.
When Wilkes brought his old-time roots-influenced side project, the Dirt Daubers, to Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany last week, he was much more subdued – and recovering from bronchitis – although at times you could almost see the wild frontman itching to come out.