By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The dreamy soundscapes of Liz Cooper & The Stampede, singer-songwriter John R. Miller and rockers C2 & The Brothers Reed top a stacked week of shows upcoming in Central Kentucky. View all of my top picks for Jan. 13-19 below and the entire menu here.
Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio returns at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 with music and conversation from C2 & The Brothers Reed and Trippin Roots. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
West Virginia native John R. Miller returns to Lexington at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16 to perform on Red Barn Radio. A longtime fixture in the regional Appalachian music scene, Miller has toured with acts such as Prison Book Club, The Fox Hunt and William Matheny, among others. However, Miller’s latest project — the Engine Lights — will be on display for the Red Barn performance, which includes Chloe Edmonstone on fiddle and backing vocals along with a rotating cast of additional artists.
Self-proclaimed dream-folk psychedelic rockers Liz Cooper & The Stampede return to Lexington on Jan. 17 for a show at 9 p.m. at The Burl with New Madrid. The show is the first headlining performance for Cooper in town after previously playing in support of Houndmouth at Manchester Music Hall last August shortly after the band’s debut release “Window Flowers.”
Fresh off a stint in the studio, Lexington rockers C2 & The Brothers Reed return home for their first show of the year — a Jan. 18 bash at The Burl (at 9 p.m.) with special guests MOJOTHUNDER, Mo Lowda & The Humble and Sylmar. The group — comprised of Cameron Clark on bass/vocals, brothers Kelly and Kody Reed on guitar and drums, and James Weishar on keys — has performed with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland, The Werks and Dopapod since forming in 2013, playing close to over 250 shows per year across the southeast.
Burgin, Ky.’s Dillon Carmichael returns to the bluegrass state to perform at the Kentucky Castle’s Greenhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 19. Carmichael has been turning heads since dropping his solo debut “Hell on an Angel” in October. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson), the album draws upon influences from Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd along with Carmichael’s uncle’s Eddie Montgomery (of Montgomery Gentry) and John Michael Montgomery.
The Allman Butter Band — Lexington’s version of legendary southern rock and jam band The Allman Brothers Band — reconvenes for a night of music at The Burl at 9 p.m. on Jan. 19 with support from Bryan Minks. The band features an all-star cast of musicians including Eric Cummins on slide guitar and vocals, Don Rogers on guitar, Roddy Puckett on bass, Brad Slutskin on the B-3 organ, and Todd Copeland and JP Nowak on drums, among others.
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 49 – 1/7/19 (w/ Bendigo Fletcher and Wicked Peace)
- LIVE MENU: Jan. 6-12 (Chico Fellini honors Bowie edition)
- C2 & The Brothers Reed to join Shovels & Rope, Billy Strings and others at Rooster Walk 11
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 32 – 8/13/18 (w/ John R. Miller, Magnolia Boulevard, Katie Didit, Vivian Leigh)