JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers Howl in “Wild Moon”

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Volcanic band leader, songwriter and actual Kentucky Colonel JD Wilkes embraces the gritty — even creepy — aspects of the blues, country and punk. His band JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers’ brand new video “Wild Moon” reinforces the point.

“It’s true. I’m drawn to dark, ‘Southern-gothic’ themes because they tend to be more dramatic. I don’t typically write about anything else,” he tells CMT.com via email. “The way I see it, we need the darkness to tell where the light is.”

In the case of “Wild Moon,” Wilkes says the darkness comes from an actual event “ripped from the headlines.”

“‘Wild Moon’ chronicles the tragic drowning deaths of some Western Kentucky Amish children who were thrown from their parents’ horse and buggy in a late night flash flood,” he says.

Filming of the video took place in the abandoned Columbia Theatre in Paducah, Ky., a tattered testament to old America and the effects of time.

“The video was fun to shoot, but it was extremely hot and stuffy in that old bijou,” he admits. “It’s such an awesome, eye-popping location, I think it was well worth the sweaty, 12-hour shoot. It would be even more worth the effort if we helped raise awareness of its restoration.

“I had a blast working with my old pal [and video director] Blake Judd. He’s been my go-to man for any and all of my film projects for nearly a decade. A big thank-you to him.”

Check out JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers in their surreal video for “Wild Moon.”

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