Wookin’ Ahead

By Matt Wickstrom

This feature originally appeared in Smiley Pete Publishing’s Chevy Chaser Magazine October 2017 issue.

For many aspiring bands and musical artists, success comes slowly – if at all. But in just a few fast-paced years, Lexington-based “rhythm and bluegrass” group The Wooks has experienced a quick rise to national recognition that still has the band trying to catch its breath. Even before the release of its debut record, “Little Circles,” in 2016, the group won first prize in a performance competition at Colorado’s esteemed RockyGrass Festival, earning a “main stage” performance at the this summer’s recent installment of the festival. During one of several tours out west, the band caught the attention of Colorado-based craft brewery Oskar Blues, striking up an official partnership that has allowed the group unique travel and philanthropy opportunities. And more recently, the group was nominated for a “Momentum Award” by the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), with the winner to be announced at the IBMA Conference on Sept. 27.

Despite the band’s relatively short time together, the connections amongst the group members go back years.

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