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Local Music Monday: Echo Wilcox

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Sometimes it is not the musician that finds music, but music that finds the musician. Meet the lead singer of an all girl group in Lexington.

Echo Wilcox was destined to become a musician as her mother has had a long career in the music industry and her father is a musician as well. Wilcox, who plays guitar along with being a talented vocalist, says her earliest memories were her as a toddler sitting around her father and his guitar.

“He was the one who initially started me out with guitar and since the age of 3 that was my first memory of playing sitting in the kitchen on the floor, he’d play the chords and I’d strum the guitar, it kinda just stuck.”

Wilcox started the group Ancient Warfare in 2009 in Savannah, Georgia when she was in school. In 2011 Wilcox moved to Lexington and brought the group with her as well. Ancient Warfare has undergone a few different lineup changes, but its current lineup is Emily Hagihara on drums and keyboards, Rachel Yanarella on Violin and the newly acquired Reva Williams on bass along with Wilcox on guitar and vocals. Ancient Warfare’s new album The Palehorse is a project three years in the making Wilcox says paints a picture of not only her life, but the life of the band as well.

“I wouldn’t have asked for it any other way as far as time wise goes, I think it was actually better that it took so long to make for one, the songs have evolved and changed and I kinda like that, I can’t commit very well to a song, even the songs we play, we’ve played them for years and we constantly are changing them and it’s nice, especially with all four of us, the rest of the girls really bring so many other angles to it and I love that.”

Echo Wilcox will be playing with Ancient Warfare Thursday March 6th at the Green Lantern. Ancient Warfare’s new album The Palehorse is expected to be released in the fall of 2014.

DeBraun Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age but only had interest in working in radio after learning Funk musician Sly Stone got his start in radio. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio. Thomas joined WRFL in 2009 and through the UK school of Journalism, Thomas had 2 features air on WUKY. In October of 2012, Thomas began interning at WUKY and produced the Unghosting of Medgar Evers. In August of 2013 Thomas became a staff member at WUKY and since that time, Thomas regularly produces the weekly segment Local Music Mondays which highlights local musicians in Lexington. Thomas hosts the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturday nights at 9pm and also produced a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, Thomas also explores his other passion as a musician in Lexington.
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