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.
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“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.