Before signing his band, Legendary Shack Shakers, again with punk label Alternative Tentacles, J.D.Wilkes is revisiting his rural Kentucky roots with a banjo-and-harmonica-heavy solo record, Will I See You One Day in God’s Glory Land?.
The sparsely-adorned old-time album was recorded both at the famous NuttHouse Studio in Muscle Shoals, Ala. and in a log cabin in nearby Lutts, Tennessee.
Released on Valentine’s Day by indie label Arkam Records, the material will be the focus of Wilkes’ upcoming showcase March 24 at the Ford Theatre inside the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Special guests from J.D.’s storied past are expected to join in the fun onstage.
Author, visual artist, filmmaker, and multi-instrumentalist J.D. Wilkes has collaborated with The Black Keys, John Carter Cash, Shemekia Copeland, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, Will Kimbrough, Shooter Jennings, Robert Plant, Sturgill Simpson, Todd Snider, and Hank Williams III.
Wilkes founded the Legendary Shack Shakers in the mid-1990s and continues to lead the American roots band worldwide. He released his first solo, studio album, Fire Dream on Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records in 2018.