By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A trio of Eastern Kentucky artists performing at Bulls, Bands and Barrels; and the return of The Native Howl and Wayne Graham highlight next week’s live menu. View all of my top Central Kentucky concert picks for Feb. 3-10 below. Feast on the entire menu here.
The artist headlining Bulls, Band and Barrels—Nicholas Jamerson—will join me on the Feb. 4 episode of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio along with NP Presley & The Ghost of Jesse Garon and The Native Howl. Tune in to the show from 9-11 a.m. on Monday on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Michigan-based viral sensation The Native Howl make their third stop in Lexington at The Burl on Feb. 4. The show will be the band’s only tour stop where they perform two sets, a unique mixture of bluegrass, grunge and metal that the band has dubbed “Thrash Grass.” The band’s unique sound stems from the group operating their own record label, Clean as Dirt Records, allowing them complete oversight into their music and how they present it. The band’s return to The Burl kicks off at 8 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky psychedelic folk rockers Wayne Graham return to Lexington for their debut performance on Red Barn Radio on Feb. 6. Led by brothers Kenny (guitar/vocals) and Hayden Miles (drums/vocals), the group has made a name for themselves at home and abroad, having been signed to Dresden, Germany-based label Home Caravan which they’ve released two records on, the most recent being 2018’s “Joy.” Since recording the album, the brothers have welcomed guitarist Lee Owen (Born Cross Eyed, Green Genes, Captain Wingnut & The Burnt Ends, etc.) and bassist Chris Justice (Laid Back Country Picker, Sean Whiting, etc.) into the fold, further advancing the band’s tight groove. Those stories and more are sure to be told—along with music—when the four-piece takes the Red Barn stage promptly at 8 p.m.
Fresh off winning Album of the Year for their self-titled debut at the fifth annual Lexington Music Awards, power rock trio Sour Cream will bring their talents to Lynagh’s Irish Pub for a 7:30 p.m. show on Feb. 8. Despite the group’s youth—Jon McGee (drums) and Harlan Cecil (guitar) are still in high school while Colby Grant (bass) is a freshman at Transylvania University—the band hits hard with vintage blues rock soundscapes in the vein of Rush with hints of grunge, psychedelia and stoner rock.
My Old Kentucky Foam in Georgetown is serving up two nights of stellar Kentucky musicians this weekend with roots rockers Trippin Roots performing at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 and singer-songwriter Jory Bowling (Blind Corn Liquor Pickers) and The Handshake Deals performing at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9. The venue/brewery—which opened in July 2018—has already become a central gathering spot for creative types in Georgetown, nestled amidst the city’s Main St. corridor.
Bulls, Bands and Barrels returns to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on Feb. 9 featuring a trio of musical performances from Kentucky artists, following in line with the venue’s tradition of featuring local and regional talent such as Tyler Childers for the event’s 2018 iteration. This time around Prestonsburg’s Nicholas Jamerson—formerly of Sundy Best—along with Fallsburg’s Laid Back Country Picker and Campton’s Tyler Booth will take to the stage, illustrating that even after the likes of Childers, Stapleton and Simpson, the Eastern Kentucky music pipeline is showing no signs of drying up.
- WATCH: Trippin Roots drop video for “Stubborn Lungs”
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 53 – 1/28/19 (w/ Jory Bowling)
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 50 – 1/14/19 (w/ C2 & The Brothers Reed and Trippin Roots)
- Which local bands should you be looking for – and listening to – in 2019?
- WICK’S PICKS: Best Albums of 2018
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 36 – 9/17/18 (w/ NewTown and Wayne Graham)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 29 – RYVOLI, Supermoon, Laid Back Country Picker
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 27 – 7/2/18 (w/ Nicholas Jamerson, Grayson Jenkins, Dark Moon Hollow)