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Legendary Shack Shakers w/Pine Hill Haints & Beagle Brothers
Pittsburgh, PA
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Legendary Shack Shakers w/Pine Hill Haints & Beagle Brothers
Kings of rockabilly & Americana from Paducah, Kentucky
on Alternative Tentacles (formerly on YepRoc & Bloodshot)

with special guests
The Pine Hill Haints (Alabama bluegrass/honkytonk)
and The Beagle Brothers (Pittsburgh's premier country band)

Tuesday April 12 9 pm 21+ show
$12 advance/$15 door.
Tickets also on sale at Brillobox (ask at the bar), Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield), Dave's Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland), Acoustic Music Works (Sq Hill) and from the members of the Beagle Brothers.

Images, myths, and stories infuse seminal punk-roots band the Legendary Shack Shakers new album, The Southern Surreal. Released in September on Alternative Tentacles RecordsJello Biafras record labelthis is the Shack Shakers first album in five years, lands on the bands 20th anniversary, and is their Alternative Tentacles debut (following releases on Yep Roc, Bloodshot, and Arkam Records). The Southern Surreal also features guest appearances by actor/musician and long time Shack Shakers fan, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison. With The Southern Surreal, the Shack Shakers explode the Southern Gothic concept, reaching deep into the forbidden roots of Southern culture.

The album that could only have sprung from the mind of frontman/mad genius JD Wilkes, a relentlessly curious Southern renaissance man whos just as comfortable shredding the hell out of a packed house full of sweaty fans as he is settling in to a late-night jam with an elder mountain fiddler. He has been compared to iconoclasts like David Byrne, Iggy Pop, or Jerry Lee Lewis, and with his small, wiry frame and intense, incandescent performances, its not hard to see why. In just the past couple years, hes released an album of old-time mountain music with lost elder Appalachian fiddler Charlie Stamper and authored a book on the barn dances and jamborees of Kentucky. As a bonafide Kentucky Colonel (a title bestowed by the states governor), Wilkes wears the South on his sleeve, but isnt afraid to howl from the speaker stack and blast out explosive blues harmonica lines.

The Southern Surreal marks a return to the Legendary Shack Shakers lineup of bassist Mark Robertson, guitarist Rod Hamdallah, and drummer Brett Whitacre. They recorded at the historic Woodland Studios in Nashville, home to classics from artists like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, and now owned by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. JDs recent work with his roots ensemble the Dirt Daubers, helped him push the Legendary Shack Shakers into new territory. The music has deepened to bring in influences as disparate as Mississippi hill country trance blues (Fools Tooth), mountain banjo and square dance songs (Mud), and Tom Waits-ian barrelhouse piano (Demon Rum), not to mention the found sounds that JD slipped into the recording, like crackly radio sermons, trains, coyotes, and ghostly field recordings.

In the end, youd think a band with six critically acclaimed studio albums, song placements on shows like HBOs True Blood, and fans like horror author Stephen King or Americana icon Robert Plant, might take this one a bit easy. But the Legendary Shack Shackers are rolling harder than ever, bringing a new sound tied as much to the Souths haunted folklore as to the wall-rattling live shows that first gave them their legendary moniker.


Brillobox (View)
4104 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Country
Music > Punk
Music > Rockabilly

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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