By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Southern rock and roots storm into Lexington next week with shows from Parker Millsap, Wayne Graham and Blackberry Smoke. View all of my top concert picks for March 10-16 below and the entire menu here.
Tune in on Monday, March 11 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 59 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by Lee Owen and Chris Justice of Whitesburg alt-country group Wayne Graham and Cincinnati’s Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
Deep-fried southern rock kingpins Blackberry Smoke come to Lexington for a two-night run on March 14 and 15. The band has been to Lexington before, but this time they’ll be showcasing a different sound, showing their muscles acoustically as they tour in support of their new stripped-down album “The Southern Ground Sessions.” Joining the band on tour is soulful British Americana duo Ida Mae, who gets each night started at 7:30 p.m.
Gospel-tinged Americana songsmith Parker Millsap returns to The Burl on March 14. The Oklahoma-born songwriter has burst onto the scene, having released four albums at the ripe age of 25, the most recent being 2018’s “Other Arrangements.” The return to the bluegrass continues a string of recent appearances throughout the state, having performed at The Burl and ROMP Fest in Owensboro in June 2018 and at Somerset’s Master Musicians Festival the July prior (to name a few). Millsap’s return kicks off at 8 p.m.
Performing just a few blocks away from Millsap on March 14 at the Green Lantern are a foursome of honky tonky acts led by Whitesburg’s Wayne Graham and Stanton’s Josh Nolan. Both groups have been trendsetters in the Kentucky music scene in recent years, and both have new music to come. After garnering attention with 2016’s “Mexico,” Wayne Graham raised the bar with 2018’s “Joy!,” which they plan to continue doing with recent additions Lee Owen (lead guitar) and Chris Justice (bass).
At the same time, Nolan is a proficient multi-instrumentalist and songwriter known as much for sitting in with anybody and everybody as he is for his own escapades. Nolan become known as “Kentucky’s Springsteen” after releasing his 2014 debut “Fair City Lights.” Nolan’s long-awaited follow-up “Kind Heart to Follow” is due out on May 17 via Shaker Steps. Music at the Lantern kicks off at 9 p.m.
Prestonsburg’s Nicholas Jamerson returns to Lexington on March 15 for a special headlining evening at The Burl. The evening will feature a solo acoustic set from Jamerson followed by a full band set with Jamerson being accompanied by The Morning Jays. The former Sundy Best star has been making waves on his new solo ventures since the start of last year, already having dropped three albums and working on another. Jamerson and his smooth as molasses voice take the stage at 9 p.m.
Cincinnati and Lexingotn have long been musical pipelines to one another. The Queen City has brought us the likes of Rumpke Mountain Boys, Arlo McKinley, The Tillers and now Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, who come to The Burl on March 16 to celebrate the release of their new album “Stranger in the Alps.” The band’s authentic and rootsy sound harkends back to simpler times sitting around a campfire laughing and picking music with friends. Hear it for yourself on Saturday after Clark County duo The Winetree, who take the stage at 9 p.m.
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