WICK’S PICKS #76 (The Handshake Deals and Railbird Fest)

By Matt Wickstrom

Casey Papendieck (left)and and Laura Gregory (right) of The Handshake Deals with Matt Wickstrom (middle)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wick’s Picks returned to the Lexington Community Radio airwaves on Monday after being silent for a couple weeks, welcoming Casey Papendieck and Laura Gregory or Red River Grunge trio The Handshake Deals and David Helmers of Railbird Festival onto the show.

Gregory and Papendieck joined me during the program’s first hour to spread the word about their debut album Let’s Taste It out Aug. 15 with a celebratory show at The Burl with Senora May and Laid Back Country Picker. In addition to talking with the duo about everything from their musical roots out of Oregon and Texas respectively to instrument swapping and taking a taste of the band’s album with live renditions of “Sweat Swamp Stomp” and “Cowboy in My Mind” along with hearing versions of “Sphinx It!” and “Cheap Beer” straight from the album.

David Helmers (right) of Railbird Fest with Matt Wickstrom

Following a halftime break featuring music from Railbird Festival artists Yola and Kelsey Waldon hour two of Wick’s Picks kicked off with David Helmers of the aforementioned festival. Helmers and I discussed the Railbird lineup at length, from headlining acts such as Tyler Childers and Mavis Staples to artists sure to surprise such as Billy Strings and Jade Bird. Additionally, Helmers went into detail on the festival’s other unique experiences including special bourbon barrel selections, horse farm tours, on-site remote horse betting, local chef-curated culinary experiences and more.

View a playlist for this week’s episode of Wick’s Picks here. Listen to an archive of the show below.

Join me next Monday, August 12, for episode 77 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by Jared Lee of Dead Audio Blog to recap Railbird Fest and preview next month’s Expansion Festival and Aug. 16 pre-party at Minglewood with Seahags. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM or stream online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.


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