JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers are an American roots music band. They are inspired by blues and other traditional Southern music genres. The frontman for the band is JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers. In 2012, the group reformed as "JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers" to record for Plowboy Records, the Nashville label run by Shannon Pollard, grandson of Eddy Arnold. After adding drummer Preston Corn and Shack Shakers' guitarist Rod Hamdallah, the group incorporated a wider range of American styles, from rockabilly to R&B, as is showcased on the 2013 release Wild Moon. Several of their old-time tunes were reworked for the electric live set, including "Get Outta My Way" and "Sugar Baby".
The group formed in Paducah, Kentucky in 2009. Their self-titled debut album was released on October 13, 2009, on Arkam Records. The album notes also give performance credits to label owner Jamie Barrier and his wife Katie Barrier, both of The Pine Hill Haints. Barrier is also the great nephew of The Barrier Brothers bluegrass group.
The Dirt Daubers first performed at London's Raindance Film Festival, where Wilkes was showing his documentary film, Seven Signs. In the audience for that performance was Les Claypool of Primus, who approved and gave the group further confidence to continue performing and recording. They appeared on WRLT's Music City Roots program several times; programs that would later be rebroadcast on Nashville Public Television and syndicated nationally. In June 2010, Hendrickson left to concentrate more on his job as a blacksmith, and the band performed several tours with Legendary Shack Shakers member/producer Mark Robertson on stand-up bass.
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