Tinnitist TV | Episode 17: J.D. Wilkes Of The Legendary Shack Shakers

The roots-punk vet talks anniversaries, Jello, the perks of being a colonel & more.


J.D. Wilkes knows how to throw a party. And he should. He’s basically been doing that for the past 25 years at the helm of his raucous Kentucky roots-punk outfit The Legendary Shack Shakers.

This week, to celebrate that quarter-century milestone, he brought the party to Tinnitist TV, along with his latest album Cockadoodledeux. Part family reunion, part homecoming, part concept album and totally entertaining, the record celebrates the Shack Shakers’ rich history by welcoming 18 guest musicians — including several former bandmembers — who back Wilkes on a set of classic-sounding country, honky-tonk, rockabilly and western swing, plus a cover of the TV theme Rawhide featuring Dead Kennedys singer (and Wilkes’ record label boss) Jello Biafra. From outer space — or at least a coffee shop parking lot on the endless road — Wilkes beamed in to talk about Cockadoodledeux, the past 25 years and what it means to be a Kentucky colonel. Read more about J.D. Wilkes and The Legendary Shack ShakersCockadoodledeux HERE, and try to keep up with him at his website, Twitter, and Facebook.