J.D. Wilkes, "Down in the Hidey Hole"
The Legendary Shack Shakers' frontman goes solo, putting a Kentuckian spin on Tom Waits' gypsy-voodoo roots music. Members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers get a piece of the action too, adding horns to this song's groove-heavy bounce. Released on Wilkes' Fire Dream, "Down in the Hidey Hole" tells the story of a survivalist who digs his way to safety, hiding out from some apocalypse on ground level. The only problem? "Our protagonist realizes he brought everything he needed except a girlfriend to share it with!" the singer explains. (Wilkes, a master harmonica player, was recently in the studio adding harp to Sturgill Simpson's upcoming album.) R.C.