Jessica Lee Wilkes is no stranger to the spotlight. Lone Wolf may be her debut solo release, but for the past five years she’s been a key member of the JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, penning songs, sharing lead vocal duties, and playing a critical role in furthering the groove and swagger the band is known for via her dynamic stage presence and skills on upright bass.
But with Lone Wolf, Jessica Lee Wilkes trades in her upright for an electric bass, and takes over center stage; her empowering aura and skillful musicianship continue, leaving no question of her rightful place as a commanding front woman. The five song EP takes Jessica's raw rock ‘n roll edge to new heights and scorches you with the fire of a hell-bent femme fatale. Hearkening back to classic 50s rock ‘n roll and rhythm and blues, Jessica injects these forms with an energy and vigor that shake the dust off a classic sound. Complete with swinging brass parts, surf-inspired guitar licks, and punchy handclaps, Lone Wolf is an infectiously timeless record.
Based in Paducah, KY, Jessica has won over many a famous fan throughout her musical career, including rock legend Wanda Jackson, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, along with JD McPherson and his band; in fact, Jason Smay, drummer in McPherson's band, recorded drums on Lone Wolf, while guitar parts were provided by celebrated rockabilly guitarist Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets.
2015 marks a new chapter in Jessica's music career, with Lone Wolf set to release this Summer, and Jessica hitting the road and her touring band (Preston Corn on drums, Wyatt Maxwell on guitar) to tour the USA this Spring and Summer, including sets at Rhythm N’ Blooms and Lowertown Music & Arts Festival.
Jessica Lee Wilkes Recordings from Free Dirt Records: