Th'Legendary Shack*Shakers
vrijdag, 12-05-2006 20.00
Nighttown, Rotterdam
10 euro

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Legendary Shack*Shakers

Southern by the Grace of Goth!

"Breaker! Breaker! Brothers and Sisters...Ladies and Gentleman, step right up! And ye shall surely know:" Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers started their hell-for-leather, Penta-caustic roadshow just over two years ago, but the legend doesn't begin there.

Front man and blues-harpist Col. J.D. Wilkes began yelpin' the blues thru a ham radio mike at his boyhood home in the Atomic City of Paducah, Kentucky... not far from where future bandmate and slap-bassist Mark Robertson was cutting his teeth on Punk Rock and Gospel music.

Years later, when the two met, they found their separate styles and interests meshed well together.

With the recent addition of David Lee, South Carolina's preeminent rock 'n' roll bad-ass and "Illustrated Man" extraordinaire, Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers have now become the best Southern Gothic amusement you can get for your hard-earned money.

Melding the rural, agri-dustrial rhythms of America's puritan work ethic, the intensity of gutbucket blues, and even the madcap oompah of polka, the band has created a monstrous abomination... (Junkyard Carnival Punk?) And it is this sound that keeps them in high demand from Europe to the West Coast and all points in between.

Along the way, they lug with them an eye-popping display of authentic, sideshow humbuggery; thus lending even more color to their peculiar pageant of vaudevillian exuberance. As a result, the band routinely tops the list of Music City's alt-weekly picks, and has been named one of the Best Live Shows year after year. Colonel J.D. was voted Nashville's "Best Front Man" by the Nashville SCENE, and has been called "the last great rock 'n' roll front man" by the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra.

Their new album, Believe (their first full-length release on Yep Roc Records), runs the musical gamut... from the creaky-croaky murder balladry of "County of Graves" to the cheap-suit, town-drunk swagger of "Piss and Vinegar." It's proof positive that the band deserves the apt description given to them by Jason "and the Scorchers" Ringenberg, which is: "The best American music being made today."

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