The Dirt Daubers Branch Out With “Apples and Oranges”


A country punk band with a fixation on the macabre, J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers are constantly exploring the edges of American music. When the band formed around Wilkes and his wife Jessica in 2009, they mostly focused on acoustic old-time music. Not anymore.

For their second album Wild Moon (arriving Sept. 24), the group has come “down from the mountain” to indulge in the gritty, brash sounds of Delta blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

Jessica takes lead vocals on “Apples and Oranges,” the first track on the album after an instrumental introduction, and sets the stage with attitude and sexy defiance. She’s surrounded by blaring electric guitars and a churning saxophone that give her the feel of a girl who knows what she’s after.

For such a sultry tune, though, she says her inspiration was pretty mundane.

“Most of my ideas for songs come subconsciously or in dreams,” she tells CMT Edge. “It isn’t until they’re near completion that I can attribute any meaning to them. Apparently, this one is a tongue-in-cheek fantasy about not paying my bills!”

Check out the world premiere of J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers’ “Apples and Oranges.”