There aren't as many chicks in the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers as there are in the Dixie Chicks, but the attitude is quite similar.
The Lexington band's forte is roots-based music, but there is a definite willingness to veer into country, rock and other genres. There is also a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward the South and rural life in songs such as Field Cred and Moonshine Bill alongside a poignant seriousness, particularly Park Bench, a song on the Liquor Pickers' latest album, Appalachian Trail.
The song was based on the band's experience when they were playing the Woodland Jubilee in 2007 and a man died lying on a park bench while they played. The dark, haunting song stands at the end of the album in stark contrast to the band's usual hard-driving, party sound.
In addition to playing in Lexington, the Liquor Pickers are a regular act at bluegrass music festivals around the region, sometimes ending up on music journalists' lists of favorite band names.
The name refers to a particularly potent whiskey made mostly from corn.
And the band has earned praise from a wide variety of commentators, including novelist Ed McClanahan, who in the now-defunct Nougat magazine pointed to the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers' versatility.
"These tunes are upbeat, energetic and rousingly high-spirited, the lyrics fresh, wry, witty, intelligent and chock-full of good-natured mischief," he wrote. "If the Beatles were reincarnated as 21st-century punkabilly Kentuckians, they'd probably sound a whole lot like the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers."