Photo courtesy of Legendary Shack Shakers
Legendary Shack Shakers blend a little bit of skiffle, a little bit of folk, a little bit of dirty blues and a lot of rockabilly swing into a rib-sticking Southern gothic stew that feels as home onstage with their pal Hank Williams III as with their labelmate Jello Biafra or former tourmate Robert Plant. It's the kind of dark, swampy Americana that leaves you jonesing for a jug of moonshine and a good time. Now, after five years of silence, the band are about to grace us with a shit-kicking new album, The Southern Surreal, that features guest appearances from Billy Bob Thornton and Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison.
Underground icon and bonafide Kentucky Colonel J.D. Wilkes says, "'Mud" is an anthem for good ole Whiskey Dick, the train that once served as the drunkard's shuttle to the "wet" counties of Kentucky. Characters abound along the way; from a clown named Spoons to a "Dixie Witch with a mud yurt in a ditch" (I always wanted to sneak the word "yurt" into a song)."
The Southern Surreal is out September 11, 2015 on Alternative Tentacles. Roll up your sleeves and dive into some "Mud" below:
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