LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS RETURN TO ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
American Songwriter has just broke the story over on their site, but Legendary Shack Shakers have returned to Alternative Tentacles Records with the announcement of their brand new album, Cockadoodledeux!
From Jason Scott at American Songwriter:
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, J.D. Wilkes & the Legendary Shack Shakers stage a little â€œfamily reunionâ€ with their forthcoming album,Â Cockadoodledeux, featuring the current lineup of musicians, as well as the original â€™90s players, including multi-instrumentalist Chris Scruggs and bassist Morgan Jahnig. The record, their second on Alternative Tentacles, also contains contributions from such Kentucky staples as Sun Studio guitarist Stanley Walker, dobroist Jack Martin, and renowned Cajun fiddler â€˜Hillbillyâ€™ Bob Prather.
Alongside the album announcement, J.D. Wilkes reveals the first single â€œRAWHIDE!,â€ a collaboration with label founder and punk/rock titan Jello Biafra, who sings background vocals and makes a special appearance in the Nathan Brown-directed music video. Helmed by frequent collaborators and animators Tara Billinger and Zac Bellissimo, the visual embraces a western theme, mixing animation lifted fromÂ Long Gone GulchÂ to public domain footage fromÂ Terror of Tiny Town.
â€œEverybody knows the tune from that old Clint Eastwood show or the saloon scene in â€˜The Blues Brothers.â€™ However, if youâ€™re really cool, you know Jello Biafra sang it with the Dead Kennedys,â€ Wilkes shares. â€œOne wouldâ€™ve assumed Iâ€™d known that too, as I chose it for Track #1 on our new albumâ€¦on Jelloâ€™s record label! Nope. Turns out, Iâ€™m not that cool.
â€œNonetheless, he said he actually appreciates that I didnâ€™t grow up listening to his band. Perhaps our gift for being charismatic frontmen comes less from rock, punk, or any other â€˜scene,â€™ and more from a place within,â€ he continues. â€œA source of pain perhapsâ€¦or a warped mind, in my case. Jello was happy to sing along on â€˜Rawhide,â€™ and he never embarrassed me by telling me itâ€™s one of his trademark tunes. I found out later, of course, and kicked myself. Still, it impressed me he kept it cool. Jello is probably the only rock star out there who isnâ€™t some kinda jerk!â€
Originally, Wilkes intended to pursue a singular country music style with his 2018 solo studio album,Â Fire Dreamâ€”but his creativity sent him down an entirely different path. â€œOur older albums jump around all over the place, genre to genre, styles that are almost diametrically-opposed even,â€ he says. â€œBut this record jumps only within country music itself. Itâ€™s a big-tent genre, really. It has all these little subgenres within it providing endless variety. From Western swing and rockabilly to spaghetti Western and bluegrassâ€”and even Tex Mex.
â€œSuddenly, I had all these unused country tunes, and I thought, â€˜Hey, that could be the new Shack Shakers record,â€™â€ adds Wilkes. â€œAnd it made sense to me because family reunions and country music seem to go hand in hand.â€
You can pre-order one of the Legendary Shack Shakers exclusive Cockadoodledeux bundles in our online store right now by heading over here! Pick up the limited edition MIDNIGHT BLUE vinyl exclusively available in our online store as well! A limited edition OXBLOOD RED vinyl is available in independent record stores only!
Check out the brand new video for "RAWHIDE!" featuring Jello Biafra