WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 63 (Driftwood Gypsy and Lylak)

By Matt Wickstrom

Matt Wickstrom, left, with David “Chill” Napier of Driftwood Gypsy. Photo by Mary Clark

LEXINGTON, Ky. — David Napier of Driftwood Gypsy and Gideon Maki, Paul Varnado and Zach Martin of Lylak joined me this week for episode 63 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio.

To open the program we heard “Wild Coyote” from The Nude Party and “Train Song” from Driftwood Gypsy before diving into conversation with the band’s guitarist David Napier. After delving into Napier’s musical background we discussed recording at the band’s home studio, summer festival plans, solo shows and more ahead of Driftwood Gypsy’s first Lexington show of 2019 on April 14 at The Burl opening for The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. Later in the segment we heard another Driftwood Gypsy song in “Love Games” along with the Napier-penned “Uncle Cecil” live in studio.

Zach Martin, Gideon Maki and Paul Varnado of Lylak with Matt Wickstrom. Photo by Mary Clark

After hearing “Concussion” from The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and “Beggar” from Lylak we jumped into conversation with three fourths of the Lexington-based ambient rock quartet in Gideon Maki, Paul Varnado and Zach Martin joining the program. While the band’s “Leave it to Light” EP, due out Friday, consumed much of the conversation we also discussed the band’s absent and newest member Elizabeth Varnado; partnership with fellow locals RYVOLI and Buck the Taxidermist, summer shows and much more ahead of their EP release show on April 13 at The Burl with Turtledoves and This Pine Box. Throughout the hour we heard cuts from the band’s “Leave it to Light” EP including “Stones” and “Balance Beam.”

Listen to an archive of the show below.

Tune in on Monday, April 15 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 64 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio when I’m joined by The Ox-Eyed Daisies and T.A. Clayton & The Soulminers. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.


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