J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers – SXSW Artist Interview

The Dirt Daubers have come down from the mountains and landed squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta. Yes, you heard right… J.D. Wilkes (of the Legendary Shack Shakers) and his former Old-Time band have decided to plug in (!) to both his blues roots and a regulation, A.C. power supply. Having recently added electric guitar and drums, the Dirt Daubers are now poised to expand the appeal of their roots-based tunes with a whole new Swamp-Blues/Rock n Roll kick!

As a lead-up to South by Southwest, The Noise Room is talking to bands and artists performing at SXSW. Here’s what J.D. Wilkes had to say:

What do like most about playing at SXSW?

I’m in it for the potential career boost it might give me. Let’s be honest, it’s essentially a business conference. As long as you can grab a beer and make a few connections it’s worth it. I love Austin but to be honest I’d rather go when the streets aren’t overrun with skinny-jean clad beardos and Adolph Hipsters. It takes everything in my being to not run them over.

Are you out promoting anything?

I have a new CD out on Plowboy Records. It’s called Wild Moon. I also just wrote a book on Kentucky barn dances that’s been published by the History Press. I’ll have a few of those on hand too.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?

We’re playing Mojo Nixon’s breakfast party. I hope he’ll perform. He’s a big reason why I got into live music in the first place.

What are the challenges for you or your band when playing at SXSW?

Biggest challenges: driving through a sea of meandering coffee shop cowboys, trying to load up stairs, sometimes in the rain. Band vans jack-knifing every ten feet. Et cetera.

Do you have any survival tips for those attending SXSW?

Get in. Get out. Channel your road rage into your performance and you’ll blow the roof off the dump. However, if you assume the stage without an ounce of frustration in your performance then there’s something wrong with you. If you’re that well-adjusted why are you singing rock n roll?

I need some coffee.

Are you more “stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene” or “play as many shows as possible then get out”?

The latter.

What are your SXSW Show Times?

Saturday March 15th at Midnight – Saxon Pub – 1320 S Lamar Blvd

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