Imagine a sideshow blowing in on a Caribbean gale, only to land smack dab in a Kentucky junkyard. Then, and only then, might a listener begin to picture a suitable setting for Fire Dream, the latest solo album by musician/novelist J.D. Wilkes.
Backed by an all-star cast of the South's most eclectic musicians (including members of both The Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Drive-By Truckers!), Wilkes crafts a soundscape of his homeland's varied voices.
From the old-time music of Appalachia to the Cajun, jazz and island music of the Creole nether-glades, Fire Dream charters the listener on a journey... a journey, as it turns out, that has led only deeper into J.D.'s storied psyche
released February 16, 2018
J.D. Wilkes - VOCAL, PIANO, BANJO, PERCUSSION, HARMONICA AND ORGAN GRINDER
Jimbo Mathus - DRUMS, GUITARS, ORGAN AND BACKGROUND VOCALS
Dr. Sick - GUITARS, VIOLIN, PIANO, CUATRO, PERCUSSION AND BACKGROUND VOCALS
Matt Patton - BASS GUITAR AND BACKGROUND VOCALS
Scott Bomar - BASS GUITAR
Tex Watson - BACKGROUND VOCALS
Mark Franklin - TRUMPET AND ARRANGEMENTS
Kirk Smothers - SAXOPHONE
Liz Brasher - BACKGROUND VOCALS
PRODUCED BY BRUCE WATSON AND JIMBO MATHUS
RECORDED AT DELTA-SONIC SOUND, MEMPHIS TENNESSEE
RECORDED BY JEFF POWELL
ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY CLAY JONES
MIXED AND MASTERED BY CLAY JONES
COVER PAINTING BY GABI DE LA MERCED
BACK COVER PHOTO BY TODD HUNT. INSIDE PHOTO BY JAMES PELLEGRINI.
PACKAGE DESIGN BY KERRI MAHONEY
A friend shared this album with me a couple of years ago and I latched on to it immediately, for it was (and still is) my lifeline. The style is like nothing I've ever heard before and the lyrics are everything I've never been able to say. There just is this palpable awareness of the human condition that I've yet to find anywhere else. dobbs-playlists
This release draws attention to the incomplete nature of the songwriter’s final recordings, a reminder that polish isn’t necessary to achieve beauty and brilliance. Bandcamp Album of the Day Aug 5, 2020