By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — An album release celebration from Josh Nolan, a visit from a member of Yonder Mountain String Band and Senora May at the Foam top a stacked week of concerts in Central Kentucky. View all of my top picks for May 13-19 below and the entire menu here.
Join me next Monday, May 20, from 9-11 a.m. for episode 68 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. On the show I’ll be joined by Joslyn Hampton and Marty Charters of Joslyn & The Sweet Compression along with folks from the Moonshiner’s Ball to take a deep dive into this year’s festival and recently unveiled lineup. Listen in on the dial on WLXU 93.9 FM or stream online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
Kentucky native and master cellist Ben Sollee originally began performing in Lexington years ago as the house cellist for WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. After many shows in the area and around the world since, Sollee will return to Central Kentucky for one of his grandest shows in the area yet on May 16 when he performs with his project The Kentucky Native at The Kentucky Castle as part of the Troubadour Concert Series. Taking the cello to unfathomed heights, Sollee has seamlessly fused the once thought of as a classical instrument to sounds of pop, folk and in some cases electronica and rock for an infectious sound with varying attributes sure to draw interest from a diverse crowd of listeners. For The Kentucky Native Sollee has teamed up with long-time friend and collaborator Jordan Ellis on percussion, Julian Pinelli on violin/fiddle, Bennett Sullivan on banjo Jonathan Estes and Josh Hari on bass duties.
Southern Indiana’s Nick Dittmeier and Sebree, Kentucky’s Dan Conn will team up for a show at Country Boy Brewing’s Georgetown Taproom on May 18. Both artists feature a stern authenticity and grit to their songwriting exemplified on each of their 2018 releases All Damn Day from Dittmeier and Shine On from Conn, respectively. While Dittmeier’s sound meets at the crossroads of southern rock and Appalachian twang Conn’s oftentimes features a more straightforward, singer-songwriter approach in a live setting.
Perhaps the biggest show in the young life of Georgetown brewery/music venue My Old Kentucky Foam will be this Saturday, May 18, when Eastern Kentucky angel Senora May comes to the Foam to perform an intimate compilation of songs from, among other places, her debut 2018 album Lainhart. Senora’s soft, inviting voice acts as a siren call of sorts, luring unsuspecting (and suspecting) listeners and passersby in. However, unlike in Greek mythology, the calls aren’t luring listeners to their demise, but rather an enchanted world of musical bliss. Georgetown native Kat Pollock will open the evening.
Stanton songsmith Josh Nolan is set to celebrate the release of his new album A Kind Heart to Follow with a celebratory May 18 show at The Burl. The album, Nolan’s first since 2014’s Fair City Lights, was produced by Shaker Steps and features unrivaled storytelling delving into the worlds of rock, punk, and alt-country while barring occasional singer-songwriter elements. Joining Nolan as support for the show are Bear Medicine and Doc Feldman & The Alt+Cntry+Delete. Stay tuned for more on A Kind Heart to Follow with a review coming to the blog later this week.
Mandolin extraordinaire and former national champion Jacob Jolliff of bluegrass veteran group Yonder Mountain String Band brings the side-band in his namesake to The Burl on May 19 for a Sunday show (#NeverMissASundayShow) with local pickers Restless Leg String Band. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Jolliff has shared the stage with the likes of Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman, among others. Shortly after Joy Kills Sorrow, the revered progressive bluegrass outfit Jolliff has a part of went on hiatus the artist got the call to hit the road with Yonder Mountain in 2014, eventually being named a full-time member of the band the following year. Also in 2015 is when the artist formed the Jacob Jolliff Band, a traditional bluegrass ensemble featuring national fiddle champion and regular member of “Chris Thile’s Live From Here” band Alex Hargreaves, guitarist/vocalist Stash Wyslouch (The Deadly Gentleman, The Stash! Band, and Molsky’s Mountain Drifters) and bassist Jeff Picker, the later of which has won multiple national jazz competitions and tours regularly with Sarah Jarosz.
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 48 – 12/17/18 (w/ Rachel Crowe and Senora May)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 45 – 11/26/18 (w/ Nick Dittmeier and The Local Honeys)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 39 – 10/8/18 (w/ Chelsea Nolan, Dan Conn and Jen Tackett)
- Restless Leg String Band working hard to have a good time on new album
- Ben Sollee expands experimentalism with “Infowars”