Led by the Legendary Shack Shakers frontman JD Wilkes, the Dirt Daubers are a newly formed trio that play the music you love to hear late somewhere on a back porch, possibly after a few too many whiskeys on a Saturday night. The group’s first single, “Wake Up, Sinners!” channels a rowdy repentance feeling in roughly two-and-a-half minutes, packing an uptempo one-two twang punch in such little time.
“I was raised in the church, But even though I don’t go there anymore, I find myself missing the old hymns we used to sing,” Wilkes tells Hive. Over the years, it seems that contemporary christian music has become the furthest thing from that good ol’ gospel sound.”
That said, Wilkes sees the tune as more as an example of the band’s sound, rather than anything implicitly spiritual. “It’s not like we just put out a record about Jesus, despite what the title might imply. We found this old tune on a 78s compilation a while back. The original “Wake Up Sinners” is a strange mix of forlorn old gospel music and some other ethereal quality … something that seems to echo from a smoky cabaret down a dark alley.”
Wake Up Sinners, the Dirt Daubers’ debut LP, is out now.The Dirt Daubers - Wake Up, Sinners!