By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tyler Childers, Brent Cobb and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression are among several top-tier shows filling out a mad March for music in the bluegrass. View all of my top concert picks for March 24-30 below and the entire menu here.
Tune in on Monday, March 25 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 61 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by Morehead’s Bedford Band and Lexington singer-songwriter Eric Bolander. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
While it’s not in Lexington, Tyler Childers’ star has grown so bright that we couldn’t leave his monstrous three-night run at the Madison Theatre in Covington out of next week’s top picks, especially his March 27 show that we’ll be at covering with special guest Larry Keel.
Childers’ rise has been monumental. I recall seeing him only a few years ago in front of only a handful of people inside Willie’s Locally Known, Al’s Bar, and other Lexington watering holes. To see him now selling out the Madison Theatre and other esteemed venues in mere seconds is astounding, and speaks volumes about Childers’ persistence, craft and raw talent that have collided at the perfect time, elevating Childers to being one of the hottest current acts in country music.
Wednesday’s show begins with Larry Keel at 8 p.m. Other support for Childers’ three-night run include Arlo McKinley and Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle (March 25) and Keel once again on March 28.
Chapel Hill, Tenn; by way of Muhlenburg County duo Lost Dog String Band make their long-awaited return to Lexington on March 28 at The Burl. Comprised of Benjamin Tod (guitar) and Ashley Mae (fiddle), the duo spits out raw songs of heartache, tribulation, and other shared experiences ripe with authenticity, a trend that has caught on like wildfire in music, particularly in Appalachia, as of late. Matt Heckler kicks off Thursday’s show at 8 p.m.
Lexington-based singer-songwriter Eric Bolander will celebrate the re-release of his 2018 album “The Wind” on Louisville’s Eastwood Records with a March 29 bash at Cosmic Charlie’s. Joining Bolander on the bill are Louisa, Ky.’s Laid Back Country Picker, Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms and Lexington’s Derek Spencer. Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m.
Learn more about Bolander and the re-release of “The Wind” when he joins me March 25 for Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. Additionally, stay tuned for further coverage of Bolander in the March 29 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Georgia-based singer-songwriter Brent Cobb returns to Lexington on March 29 to perform at Cosmic Charlie’s. The stop in town is Cobb’s first since October 2018, when he visited while on Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show, performing in-store at CD Central before going under the lights at Rupp Arena later in the evening. The cousin of illustrious producer Dave Cobb, Brent has garnered much praise of his own with his smooth southern drawl, heartfelt lyrics and infectious guitar riffs.
After spending much of his career penning popular songs performed by the likes of Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert, Cobb burst onto the scene with his solo debut “Shine on Rainy Day” in 2016 before elevating his stock to new heights last year with his follow up “Providence Canyon.” Friday’s show begins at 9 p.m. with Adam Hood.
Joslyn & The Sweet Compression will make their 2019 Lexington debut on March 30 at The Burl for a Mountain Music Festival pre-party, also featuring music from Beckley, WV’s The Kind Thieves, who came to town earlier this month in support of Magnolia Boulevard – yet another Mountain Music Festival performer – at Cosmic Charlie’s.
Joslyn and company are one of the areas’ hottest acts, with an electrifying sound that harkens back to 70s-era funk, soul and disco, when the fusion of stylings were at their peak. See, and hear, for yourself on Saturday after The Kind Thieves, who take to the stage at 9 p.m. Find out more about the Mountain Music Festival at mountainmusicfestwv.com.
- Joslyn & The Sweet Compression celebrate debut release in style with Magnolia Boulevard
- PHOTOS: Brent Cobb at CD Central
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 34 – 8/27/18 (w/ DeBraun Thomas, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Petefest)
- Joslyn & The Sweet Compression and Natalie Prass at The Burl (Photos)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 29 – RYVOLI, Supermoon, Laid Back Country Picker
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 24 – 6/13/18 (w/ Eric Bolander)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 16 — 4/25/18 (w/ Derek Spencer)
- Premiere: Joslyn & The Sweet Compression flash funk and soul on “Honey, Be”
- Creative Types: Tyler Childers
- The many hats of Eric Bolander
- Larry Keel brings Experience to Suwannee Springfest