By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Dillon Carmichael (x2), Arlo McKinley and Buck the Taxidermist roll into town in this week’s live menu. View all of my top Central Kentucky concert picks for April 22-28 below and the entire menu here.
Tune in on Monday, April 22 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 65 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio when I take a look back at some of my favorite new music so far in 2019 and get a visit from singer-songwriter Grayson Jenkins. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
Canadian born Lexingtonian Vanessa Davis brings her catchy lyrics and witty charm to Red Barn Radio on April 24 with backing band The Whiskey Jacks, comprised of Brad Gibbs (percussion), Daniel Phelps (lead guitar) and Seth Murphy (bass/cello). Davis is a six-time nominee in various categories at the Lexington Music Awards, taking home the Award for Best Pop Artist at the award’s fifth iteration in January. Wednesday’s show starts promptly at 8 p.m. and can also be streamed live on Red Barn Radio’s Facebook page.
Kyles Ayres led project Buck the Taxidermist returns to action on April 25 with Cincinnati’s Sylmar and Nashville via Bowling Green outfit Sugadaisy at The Burl. Despite the name (the figurative) Buck doesn’t specialize in taxidermy, but rather nostalgic rock sounds through fuzzy reverb filters coupled with authentic songwriting from Ayres and his songs that before this project never had a home of their own. Thursday’s show kicks off with Sugadaisy at 9 p.m.
Husband and wife duo bring their ringing Appalachian rooted songwriting and string picking to Slainte Public House in nearby Georgetown on April 26. The group’s authentic sound centers around the duo’s dual harmonies and expert playing that includes Chris, formerly of Louisville based 23 String Band, on mandolin and Jenn on guitar—although they do shake it up with a plethora of instruments. The duo released their debut “Gray Space” last summer. Bells Food Truck will also be on site serving up delicious eats, with music beginning at 8 p.m.
Burgin, Ky. native Dillon Carmichael burst onto the scene last October with his debut release Hell On An Angel, an album showcasing the artist’s gritty southern drawl and bluesy undertones. Carmichael will ride the prolonged wave of momentum from that release into Austin City Saloon for two sold out shows on April 26 and 27. Tyler Halsey, Rye Davis and Brad Hardin will support Carmichael on Friday. Leah Blevins and Davis (yet again) will be Saturday’s support.
Cincinnati songsmith Arlo McKinley returns to Lexington for a barn burner on April 27 with supergroup Songs From The Road Band. McKinley has captivated crowds across the rustbelt and Appalachian with his authentic, emotional songs weaving struggle and triumph, pain and forgiveness, and joy and sadness all into one. McKinley’s voice is that of an angel, with the Lonesome Sound acting as the choir ready to escort you to your own musical heaven. Saturday’s show gets started at 9 p.m.