JD Wilkes plays Smith's Olde Bar

The Legendary Shack Shakers frontman sings about a surrealist South

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JD Wilkes

Col. JD Wilkes is an old-time Southern culture anachronism. The banjo picker and unpredictable front man leading the Legendary Shack Shakers' 20-plus year run of success also looks to his old Kentucky home as a filmmaker, author, and visual artist. Everything the irreverent and self-proclaimed "Southern surrealist" creates touches on regional music, from its roots in rural churches to its role in the creation of the "devil's music." Wilkes’ latest album Fire Dream continues this trend, with such standout tracks as "Wild Bill" and "Starlings" allowing both the local minister and the town drunk a chance to front your hometown's best string band. With Nikki & the Phantom Caller and the Waymores. $10 (adv.), 6:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 25. Smith's Olde Bar (The Music Room), 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.

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