We wanted to share with you two additions to our on-going MusicFile Productions/Savannah Stopover Spring Concert list:
Thursday, April 10th: J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers (Thinc Savannah, Year of the Local Event)
The Dirt Daubers were formed by Legendary Shack Shakers front man, artist, director and country punk pioneer J.D. Wilkes in 2009 with his wife Jessica. Wilkes’ “gothic preacher” persona and frantic blues harmonica whips their live shows into a frenzy, trading lead vocal duties with his feminine foil.
J.D. and Jessica are joined by electric guitarist Rod Hamdallah and drummer Preston Corn. Smoky baritone sax grooves are provided by Tom Waits’ sideman Ralph Carney, with piano played by Wilkes himself – delving deeper into the bluesy recesses of American music. They will be playing ThincSavannah‘s “Year of the Local” event which is open to the public ($20) with food from Forsyth’s Farmer’s Market, 22 Square and local brews included.
Saturday, May 10th: Mutual Benefit (full band) @ Ampersand
Mutual Benefit’s full length debut album was one of the most heralded of 2013, earning s slot in Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of the year. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, The Antlers and Sufjan Stevens, it’s gorgeous, baroque pop for the collaborative new millennium. We’re thrilled that the band will ‘stop over’ in Savannah after playing Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta on May 9th.
Jordan Lee has spent the last few years moving from Ohio to Austin to Boston, and most recently Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with friends’ groups, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. After releasing various limited edition EPs and playing scores of house shows, Lee completed his debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond, a record of lush, watery, pop songs, pieced together over the past several years and inspired by the kinetic energy, goodbyes, and blurred landscapes of life on the road. The songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece, and the recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. While Lee is certainly the brainchild throughout, the album is very much a collaborative effort featuring contributions by friends and others met along the way.