What are some of your favorite haunts in Lexington?
Really, my haunting was all done out in the woods the past few years – I spent most of my time at the cabin on the back of my parents’ farm or at the Red River Gorge.
In your opinion, what are some of the greatest assets to the Lexington music scene?
We have a central location here in Lexington that serves as a hub for the state’s rural musicians. I really thrive when I am in the country, and I think a lot of musicians would tell you the same thing. So Lexington has loads of acoustic and bluegrass talent in the surrounding counties that have Lexington as an outlet. I think Lexington has a lot of unexplored potential when it comes to bluegrass and old time music. Lexington also is a perfect city for bands on tour, as it sits at the intersection of two major interstates; agents are excited to hear about a new venue catering to bluegrass and acoustic music, because they’ll be able to drop bigger name groups into town midweek. Of course, my goal is to make Willie’s a place for bigger name acts to come on the weekends as well.
You haven’t lived in Lexington for very long. How has your impression of the town changed since you’ve become more familiar with it in recent months?
I grew up in Bourbon County and have travelled the city streets here for years, but it wasn’t until just recently that I realized how much beauty this town has to offer. I never like the city, but the architecture and history of Lexington are amazing. I am really excited to see a lot of people working to redevelop and promote downtown and to see young people taking risks and creating original projects and businesses that will hopefully serve as the foundation of Lexington’s urban economy for years to come. I like supporting local people, and to see individuals creating businesses unique to Lexington is very encouraging.