In addition to three previously announced shows, MusicFile Productions/Savannah Stopover organizers have announced two new additions to its spring concert schedule.
April 10: 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 himselfc. They will be playing at ThincSavannah's "Year of the Local" event which is open to the public with food from Forsyth's Farmer's Market, 22 Square and local brews included. Tickets are $20.
May 10: Mutual Benefit at Ampersand
Mutual Benefit's full-length debut album was one of the most heralded of 2013, earning a slot in Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of the year. The band will "stop over" in Savannah after playing Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta on May 9.
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, sometimes a one-man-band or a sprawling collective. Lee completed his debut album, "Love's Crushing Diamond," featuring and 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.