2011 - Wake Up Sinners

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Artist: The Dirt Daubers
Release: Wake Up Sinners
Released:  2011
Label:    Colonel Knowledge Records
Catalog#:  25322
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue
Country: USA
Style: Americana,country,rock

1.	Wayfaring Stranger	1:52
2.	Get Outta My Way	2:19
3.	Angel Along The Tracks	2:22
4.	Be Not Afraid	2:39
5.	The Devil Gets His Due	2:15
6.	Say Darlin' Say	1:23
7.	Can't Get To Heaven	2:34
8.	High and Low	2:21
9.	Trucks, Tractors and Trains	2:12
10.	Wake Up, Sinners	2:31
11.	Single Girl	1:56
12.	She and Us Pets	1:37
13.	My Old Kentucky Home	0:28

I want to start this off by saying that I think that JD Wilkes truly is one of the most underrated performers in all of American music right now, and that he is one of the best frontmen in American music of all time. I also don’t think he gets enough credit for being a true pioneer and father of the current independent roots movement, as one of the brave souls that spent time down on lower Broadway in Nashville in the mid-late 90′s revitalizing an area Music City’s corporate citizens had abandoned. Along with BR549, Joe Buck, Hank3, and Wayne “The Train” Hancock, JD Wilkes and his band Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers deserve top tier placement on the country roots family tree.

Wake Up, Sinners! is the brand new album from JD WilkesΓÇÖ new/other band The Dirt Daubers, but it is a project that has been gestating and evolving for quite some time now. They released a homespun, self-titled album in October of 2009, and played a few shows with JD on vocals, banjo, and kazoo, his wife Jessica on mandolin, vocals, and pretty dresses, and ΓÇ£SlowΓÇ¥ Layne Hendrickson on a gutbucket bass.

Though my love for JD really wanted me to get behind this project, at the beginning it seem to lack a punch. The authenticity of their approach was appreciated, but wasnΓÇÖt necessarily translating into entertainment value.

IΓÇÖm not sure if it was because JD got better with his banjo playing, Jessica got more confident on stage, or when the Shack ShakerΓÇÖs Mark Robertson replaced ΓÇ£SlowΓÇ¥ Layne on a stand up bass, but at some point The Dirt Daubers hit their groove. And when they hit it, they hit it hard, and that unique energy and style, along with the original authenticity that The Dirt Daubers was founded upon, is captured exquisitely in Wake Up, Sinners!

I love this album. You may look at the track listing and ask yourself why we need yet another version of ΓÇ£Wayfaring StrangerΓÇ¥ out there. The answer is because the great Col. JD Wilkes has never done a version before. A perfect mix of classics and originals, donΓÇÖt just pigeon hole this project as just another rag tag bluegrass bit, there a lot of hot jazz, rockabilly and blues mixed in with the old time string band approach, helped along by the male/female tradeoff in the vocals.

Another early Dirt Daubers development that concerned me was the presence of Mrs. Wilkes in the band. Significant others sharing a stage has long been my musical kryptonite, though adding a girl to the band if she actually fits the part can add a layer of legitimacy to the whole thing. With Jessica, it is the latter. She contributes excellent singing and swagger, and I canΓÇÖt imagine replacing her with some swinging dick super picker that would misunderstand that this music is not about technique, but about channeling the long-held traditions of family bands that would entertain on back porches and community halls and blend the musical influences found all around them without prejudice. JessicaΓÇÖs presence is essential to The Dirt Daubers success.

But speaking of technique, adding bassist Mark Robertson was key. It may have come at the slight expense of purity, but the music now has a heartbeat, and a backbone. This is music to get you moving. ItΓÇÖs fun. JD WilkesΓÇÖ banjo and JessicaΓÇÖs mandolin work is not wowing; it would take away from the project if it was. But JDΓÇÖs harmonica playing is. Most folks might see JD as an entertainer first, and then a musician. But IΓÇÖd hold his harp work up against anybody, and his sense of tone on this album is spectacular.

Piano, kazoo, accordion, foot stomping, a little snare, backing vocals, and who knows what else custom tailored to each track makes Wake Up, Sinners! way more than just a recorded version of their live show. This album was really well done, with immaculate taste on every single track. Like a patchwork quilt, the various forms of American rural roots music are represented with pride and care in an experience that is wickedly catchy, accessible, though austere with its authentic approach. 		
2011 - Wake Up Sinners/01 - Wayfaring Stranger.flac 13.803 MB
2011 - Wake Up Sinners/02 - Get Outta My Way.flac 17.952 MB
2011 - Wake Up Sinners/03 - Angel Along The Tracks.flac 19.56 MB
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