By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Alt-country from the Outback, soulful southern rock and psychedelic Appalachian folk come to Lexington on this week’s live menu. Get the full run down on my top concert picks for May 6-12 in Central Kentucky including Ruby Boots, Sean Whiting and Ona below along with the full live menu here.
Tune in on Monday, May 6 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 67 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio when I’m joined by Sean Whiting and surf punk group Whalerus. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
Tulsa, Oklahoma indie rockers Wilderado bring their soaring melodies and sonic instrumentals back to Lexington on May 7 for a performance at The Burl. The group, who made their Lexington debut a year ago this month at Cosmic Charlie’s, features a made-for-radio sound with tracks such as undercover indie rock anthems “Morning Light” and “Wheat” to the more recent “Favors,” which the band first recorded electric before releasing an even catchier, more intimate acoustic version—a current trend among indie bands—soon thereafter. Duncan Fellows joins in support.
Blues goddess Rachel Crowe ventures from the small town of Stanton, Kentucky to the bright lights of the Red Barn Radio stage this week for a performance on May 8. With a voice ranging from 70s era soul to stern bluesy bickering Crowe demands the listener’s full attention as she takes them on a trek featuring mountainous highs and dreary lows through the scope of her southern wit and charm. Red Barn’s two interview segments are sure to prove interesting as well, providing ample time for the far from soft-spoken Crowe to delve further into her life as an artist along with the person she is away from the stage. As always, those who can’t be a part of Red Barn Radio’s live studio audience can tune in via a live feed on Facebook.
There’s something in the water, and in this case it ain’t mercury. Paintsville based singer-songwriter Sean Whiting has tapped into a well of soulful southern rock and Americana with a rich, captivating voice and youthful energy that have many holding high expectations for the Eastern Kentucky songsmith upon the May 3 release of his sophomore album High Expectations. Whiting will celebrate the release of the album on May 9 at The Burl with fellow Eastern Kentucky artists Luna & The Mountain Jets and Wayne Graham along with Ghost Wolves, a Texas based rock ‘n roll outfit with a sound and energy akin to Lexington favorites Blackfoot Gypsies with an added grungy gloom. Stay tuned for a review of High Expectations on the blog in addition to Whiting’s appearance on Wick’s Picks and album release show.
West Virginia experimental alt-folk troupe Ona will come equipped with new tunes when they return to The Burl on May 10 in support of their new album Full Moon, Heavy Light which officially releases on the same day. The album displays the band’s easygoing and upbeat compositions of psychedelic Appalachian rock ‘n roll full of catchy hooks and licks. While the band’s sound this go around is a slight deviation from their rootsy 2016 debut American Fiction, the foray into psychedelia on tracks such as “Summer Candy” and “Young Forever” will leave listeners transported to a galaxy far away, perfect for the zen of summer. Stay tuned for a full review of Full Moon, Heavy Light later this week on the blog. Additionally, you can catch Ona ahead of their show at The Burl on Friday performing in-store at CD Central. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for more details on that event as they surface.
Aussie born badass Ruby Boots brings her hook-filled blend of country swagger fused with hints of punk and a swift kick of rock ‘n roll into The Burl for a Mother’s Day bash on May 12. Boots stormed onto the scene last year with Don’t Talk About It, her sophomore release and first on alt-country label Bloodshot Records (Cory Branan, Vandoliers, Bottle Rockets, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers) which featured Boots’ signature, straightforward sass via hook-filled harmonies riding the wave of meaty guitar licks from studio backing veterans The Texas Gentlemen. Just last Friday Boots released “”Might Be Losing My Mind,” her first single since Don’t Talk About It. On the track she’s joined by Mississippi-via-Nashville rockers Indianola, giving the track a swampy punk and early 80’s rock feel. Coincidentally, Indianola will be joining Boots for her Lexington stop along with several more throughout the Southeast.