Words by Matt Wickstrom
Photos by Tom Wickstrom
WINCHESTER, Ky. — One of Lexington’s newest musical duos took their talents up the road to Winchester’s newest watering hole on Friday for an evening of tunes, brews and pizza.
After appearing on episode 64 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio earlier this week (listen to the episode below) The Ox-Eyed Daisies made the short trek to Winchester to perform at Abettor Brewing Company, the city’s first brewery celebrating just it’s second week of business after opening on April 12.
The Daisies—comprised of Elizabeth Frazier (acoustic guitar/vocals), and Cody Penn (acoustic/electric guitar)—took to playing promptly at 8 p.m. with a performance of original “Bound to Be.” The band’s evening meshed influences of country, Appalachian roots, blues, rock and soul through the combination of Frazier’s smooth and elegant vocals and Penn’s fiery guitar work, which provide a kick as strong as Kentucky bourbon, but instead of a hangover consumption of the duo’s tunes only leads to pure bliss.
While Frazier’s grounded vocals act as a guiding light to the duo, Penn’s intricate guitar work—which on this evening changed between an electric and acoustic setup—has equally a voice of it’s own. While Penn doesn’t sing himself with the group his guitar has a voice all its own, much like that of Gregg Erwin of Magnolia Boulevard.
While the band shined in their performance, the weather was unfortunately not so shiny, with rain pouring down from above. The dreary weather forced the duo to perform inside the brewery rather than on their spacious outdoor patio flanked by retractable garage doors into the venue. While we weren’t able to take advantage of these amenities on this evening, it proves to provide a wealth of potential and memorable times for Abettor and the people of Winchester (and greater Central Kentucky) moving forward.
While this critic has opinions to give on Abettor’s beer (due to being four months sober), my father and I did order a specialty “Cool Runnings Pizza” from nearby Engine House Pizza Pub—who delivered to the brewery for free. With a mango habanero sauce, barbecue chicken, pineapple, onion and cilantro; the pizza was tasty with a kick, much like the Daisies tunes.
View photos of the show from Tom Wickstrom below. View his entire album here.
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