By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The psychedelic folk sounds of Hiss Golden Messenger, the pop, soul and rock ‘n roll fusion of The New Respects, and the gritty drawl of singer-songwriter Derek Spencer are on deck on this week’s live menu. View all of my top picks for June 10-16 below and the entire menu here.
Join me from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, June 10 for episode 70 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by Drew Cercone of swing rock outfit Home Grown Head Band and Adam Potter of prog rock group Vena Cava to discuss new music, shows for each later in the week and much more. Tune in live on 93.9 FM or stream online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
The ambient, psych-folk soundscapes of Durham, North Carolina’s M.C Taylor, better know as Hiss Golden Messenger, will ascend on The Burl on Wednesday, June 12. HGM cuts into the American tapestry with intimate tales of love and togetherness through moments of reflection that takes traditional Appalachian music and turns it on it’s head with stark imagery minced with poetic hooks. HGM will be joined in support Wednesday by singer-songwriter Anna St. Louis.
Blow up your TV and head to Cosmic Charlie’s on June 14 for an evening of music celebrating and preparing for the 26th annual Master Musicians Festival, to be held July 19-20 in Somerset. Bands on tap include trailblazing old-time trio The Local Honeys, Lexington bluegrass collective Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Cody Brooks, Pearlie Jenkins, Dave Ernst and Cody Lee Meece. For the Honeys, the show marks their first back stateside following a brief excursion across the pond in England, Wales and Ireland, bringing with them a new batch of tunes from their upcoming covers album The Local Honeys Sing the Gospel. Additionally, the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers will ignite Cosmic Charlie’s with a mix of electric and acoustic honky tonk that will light a fire in your belly, much like the moonshine that follows the band wherever they go.
It’s a family affair for The New Respects, who bring their intoxicating fusion of soul, pop and rock n’ roll back to The Burl on Friday, June 14. Comprised of twins Alexandria and Alexis Fitzgerald, brother Darius and cousin Jasmine Mullen, the group blends nostalgic rock, soul and blues influences with more modern, pop-infused hooks for a colorful result pulling in the best from then and now for a one of a kind experience. The New Respects, who released their debut Before the Sun Goes Down in 2018, will be joined Friday by Nashville’s Apollo LTD and Louisville’s ZLP.
A trio of songwriter’s will roll into campus staple Lynagh’s Irish Pub for a frothy Friday get down on June 14. The group is led by Derek Spencer, who is fresh off the release of his solo debut Pilot Light (out June 1), a collection of songs featuring the artist’s subtle croon and side-mouthed southern drawl. Joining Spencer will be fellow Louisville native, multi-instrumentalist Blakely Burger, also a teacher at Louisville’s Folk School, and Lexington native Brad Fowble.
Rock ‘n roll comes to The Green Lantern on Friday, June 14 when local acts Wicked Peace, Home Grown Head Band and When Autumn Calls roll into the rustic music club. Both recent guests on Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio, Wicked Peace (Jan. 7, 2019) and Home Grown Head Band (June 10, 2019) each lay on opposite ends of the rock spectrum, with Wicked Peace opting for a more quirky, indie rock approach to HGHB’s more heavy, nostalgic rock vibe drizzled with elements of blues, jazz and swing. Each of the two groups have been busy in the studio this year, with Wicked Peace already dropping a series of EP’s while HGHB has unveiled a single, with more on the way, leading up to the release of a new album in September.