By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Earlier this week a diverse group of Lexington musicians gathered to pay their tributes to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away on August 16. Performers included Bootsie and Funkabilly; Willie Eames, Rachel Crowe, Jen Tackett and Eric Cummins, with central Kentucky’s version of the Queen, Joslyn Hampton and her band the Sweet Compression, capping off the evening. View Matt Wickstrom’s photos from the event above. Additionally, view video of Joslyn & The Sweet Compression and Rachel Crowe’s tribute performances, taken by Renee Collins, below.
In addition to their featured performance on Monday night, Hampton and guitarist Marty Charters of Joslyn & The Sweet Compression joined me in the studio Monday morning for Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio to discuss their musical origins and influences, upcoming projects and (of course) the Queen of Soul. Listen to an archive below.