NYC transplant Kyle Lacy will debut his Chuck Berry-esque four-piece Charleston Wildest on Sat. March 9 at Bay Street Biergarten, complete with upright base and horn to back Lacy’s soulful vocals. The group takes its name from Louis Prima’s 1950s stage show, The Wildest, to honor the blues era, Lacy said. He calls it a danceable original show that’s fast and loose like swing music itself — listen for yourself here — new solo single “Hangin’ On” is out today on Dala Records.
Let’s get a glimpse into Lacy’s musical mind in this week’s Beat Juice.
1. What song is stuck in your head today?
A live recording of “Them There Eyes” from Vegas Prima Style
2. Last album you bought?
Roberta Flack vinyl
3. Recent musical discovery?
Charleston’s vibrant scene! I’m in love with Terraphonics, and the local musicians who are extremely creative
4. Fave local venue?
Where to start … The Royal American, Prohibition, Pour House, Proof! All are great options for smaller shows
5. What’s your best, go-to T-shirt?
6. Your hangover cure is …
Focus T25 with Shaun T (a workout program)
7. Last show you went to?
I was on tour for three weeks! Prior to that, I saw Binky Griptite and the Daptone Records band perform a tribute to Sharon Jones at the City Winery NYC. Awesome performance.
8. What station’s always on your radio dial?
Spotify “Rockabilly World” playlist!
9. Your musical style can be compared to?
Brian Setzer, Ray Charles, Little Richard
10. What band have you been meaning to listen to?
Hot Rod Walt & Psycho DeVilles’ new album Rumble Road
11. What’s next for you?
We have gigs on March 22 at Rusty Bull Brewing Co., March 23 at Commonhouse Aleworks, and March 24 at Prohibition. I have a new solo single, “Hangin’ On,” dropping today, which the band will perform on Saturday at the gig.