By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The return of Carl Broemel, a 90s country throwback with the Bolo Mules and one of the first shows at Cosmic Charlie’s 3.0 highlight an action-packed live menu for Feb. 17-23. View all of my top picks for the week below and the entire menu here.
Tune in on Monday, Feb. 18 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 56 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by rock trio Sour Cream fresh off their Album of the Year win at the 2019 Lexington Music Awards along with singer-songwriter Chelsea Adams and special co-host Sarah Cahill. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel returns to The Burl on Feb. 19 to kick off a solo tour with Tyler Ramsey, former lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Band of Horses. The show is Broemel’s first at The Burl since performing there solo with Daniel Martin Moore in October 2016 (a show that remains one of this critic’s favorite at the venue) when he played in support of his second solo effort “Fourth of July.” This time around he’s supporting his latest work “Wished Out,” a blend of pyschedelic rock and edgy Americana. Ramsey too will have a batch of new songs to perform off his upcoming album “For the Morning,” out April 5 on Fantasy Records. Doors at 8 p.m.
Austin City Saloon will turn back time to the 1990s for a vintage country music hootenanny with the Bolo Mules, a 90s country cover supergroup led by Nicholas Jamerson, Wes Smith, Grayson Jenkins. Throughout the evening on Feb. 22 the group will be performing hits from George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, John Michael Montgomery and others. The evening begins with music from Tyler Halsey at 7 p.m.
Los Angeles based cosmic pop-rock four-piece Valley Queen is set to head back to The Burl on Feb. 22 with support from singer-songwriter Abby Hamilton. The show will be Valley Queen’s first in the area since performing at The Burl with Magnolia Boulevard in May 2017. In the time since Valley Queen has released their debut EP, which features catchy riffs in and around lead vocalist Natalie Carol’s out-of-this-world wailing. The show comes just as the band finishes up a run of performances opening for St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Doors at 8 p.m.
Two regional festivals – Piketon, Ohio’s SamJam Bluegrass Festival and Manchester, Ky.’s Manchester Music Festival – will team up for a co-pre-party at The Burl on Feb. 23 featuring a bevy of artists including a selection of performers from each respective festival. Artists scheduled to perform include Tanner Horton and Allen Hacker, Bourbon Branch, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Jericho Woods and Hogslop String Band. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Punk-infused southern rockers Black Lips head to Cosmic Charlie’s on Feb. 23 to perform what’s scheduled to be the second show at the venue’s new location with local support from Johnny Conqueroo and Shawnthony Calypso. Black Lips recently collaborated with Sean Lennon, son of Yoko Ono and John Lennon and collaborator with Les Claypool in the Lennon Claypool Delirium, on their ninth studio album “Satan’s Grafitti or God’s Art?” The group’s rowdy nature, paired with equal energy from openers Johnny Conqueroo and a buzz already surrounding the opening of a new Cosmic Charlie’s should make for a monumental evening. Doors at 8 p.m.
- LIVE MENU: Feb. 10-16 (Music is my Valentine Edition)
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 54 – 2/4/19 (w/ The Native Howl, NP Presley and Nicholas Jamerson)
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 46 – 12/3/18 (w/ Coby Langham, The Helmuths and The Quinns)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 27 – 7/2/18 (w/ Nicholas Jamerson, Grayson Jenkins, Dark Moon Hollow)