By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Celebrate your love for music with shows from Lucy Dacus, Them Coulee Boys and Erika Wennerstrom on this week’s Central Kentucky live menu. View all of my top picks for Feb. 10-16 below and the entire menu here.
Next week Louisville bluegrass quintet Mama Said String Band, Wes Smith (of Brother Smith) and indie folk duo The Sway will join me and special guest host Joe Schlaak (of Restless Leg String Band) for episode 55 of Wick’s Pick’s on Lexington Community Radio. Tune in to the show from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Strings and silky smooth harmonies will be on display when Them Coulee Boys make their Lexington debut at The Burl on Feb. 14. From Wisconsin, Them Coulee Boys feature striking four-part harmonies led by Soren Staff (guitar), Beau Janke (banjo, electric banjo, piano, harmonica, Jens Staff (mandolin) and Neil Krause (bass, kick drum) that leaves the band with hints of bluegrass similar to fellow Badger State artists Horseshoes & Hand Grenades mixed with a heavy dose of foot-stomping folk-rock akin to The Avett Brothers. Thursday’s show begins at 8 p.m. with an opening performance from Mama Said String Band.
Leading another steamy Valentines Day show in town is Lucy Dacus, who’s set to perform at Cosmic Charlie’s with L.A.’s Illuminati Hotties and Lexington/Louisville outfit Letters of Acceptance. With her truthful songwriting and pulsating rock soundscapes, Dacus has quickly made a name for herself following her 2016 debut “No Burden,” riding the momentum into 2018 with her follow up “Historian” along with the Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers collaborated “boygenius.” Thursday’s show begins at 9 p.m. Stay tuned for updates on potential venue changes for the show (as Cosmic Charlie’s nears a grand re-opening) on Facebook and Twitter.
Erika Wennerstrom returns to town on Feb. 15 to again perform an intimate show inside the wildly unique Soulful Space, a church turned music venue (for an evening) nestled on N Mill St. Originally from Cincinnati, Wennerstrom relocated to Austin, Texas, over a decade ago with her band The Heartless Bastards, which featured a rock aesthetic accompanied by Wennerstrom’s signature wailing, exercised with passion to create her one of today’s most captivating vocalists. For the 7 p.m. performance, Wennerstrom will be joined by Beth Harris (of The Hiders) and Lauren Gurgiolo (of The Dialtones) to play songs from her new solo album “Sweet Unknown” along with various tunes from the Bastards’ catalog. Tickets for a special pre-show VIP set at West Sixth Brewing are also available. For more details visit the event link above.
High-energy Kentucky acts Brother Smith and the Zach Longoria Project (ZLP) team up for what’s sure to be an electrifying Feb. 15 show at The Burl. Led by brothers Aaron and Wes Smith (as the name suggests), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky’s Brother Smith brings to the table a mix of country led by Aaron’s infectious, foot-stomping fiddle; hints of funk and a strong dose of soul thanks to Wes’ eclectic, versatile vocals. On the contrary, Louisville’s ZLP is sure to serve up some “Kentucky Fried Soul” R&B as they return to Lexington after teaming at the venue in the past for a show with Magnolia Boulevard. Friday’s show begins at 9 p.m.
Country Boy Brewing will celebrate their seven-year anniversary at their Georgetown taproom on Feb. 16 with music all afternoon leading up to UK basketball’s 8 p.m. tilt with #1 Tennessee. The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with Shanghai Express and continue with Jen Tackett (2:30 p.m.), Jericho Woods (4 p.m.), Laid Back Country Picker (5:30 p.m.) and Sean Whiting (7 p.m.). With plenty of music (along with plenty of “Cougar Bait” and “Shotgun Wedding”) ranging from singer-songwriter to southern rock and soul, there’s sure to be a little something for everybody on tap this weekend at Country Boy.
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- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 37 – 9/24/18 (w/ Lylak and Sean Whiting)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 32 – 8/13/18 (w/ John R. Miller, Magnolia Boulevard, Katie Didit, Vivian Leigh)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 29 – RYVOLI, Supermoon, Laid Back Country Picker
- Wick’s Picks: Mama Said String Band in VR
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 14 – 4/4/18 (w/ Mama Said String Band)
- Wick’s Picks: Grayson Jenkins, Wesley Smith and Ryan Allen LIVE in studio (2/7/18)
- Gannon creates Soulful Space