The last time we heard from J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, they were strumming their way through a rootsy, old-timey sound with 2011’s Wake Up, Sinners. Two years later, those Kentucky coeds are singing a different tune. Wild Moon is the sound of an acoustic band going electric, rediscovering their love for old-school juke joint music along the way. It’s the sort of album you’d hear at a roadhouse in the middle of nowhere, with punky country tunes that cater to the rough-and-tumble biker crowd and creepy, haunting ballads aimed at the people who’ve been drowning sorrows at the bar.
“We changed direction by plugging in and rocking out on this new LP record,” says Wilkes, who co-leads the band with his wife. “It’s a swampy rock ‘n roll sound that features a lot of blistering harmonica leads, southern gothic lyrics and catchy, anthemic torch songs from my wife, Jessica.”
Look for Wild Moon this week.