Blackfoot Gypsies trek on “To The Top!”


The Blackfoot Gypsies latest album “To The Top!” features a Rolling Stones-esque blend of rock and blues along with country, soul, jazz and Americana influences.

A rock n’ roll revolution is taking Nashville by storm, led by the youthful, no holds barred attitude of the Blackfoot Gypsies. According to drummer and founding member Zack Murphy, the group has undergone many a transformation to combine their youthful energy with an old-school rock sound, no gimmicks involved.

“I find that when you have to have a ritual, you’re never going to always be able to do it,” Murphy said. “There’s going to be times when you can’t, so I’d rather not have a ritual because when you can’t do it, for some people it gets in their head.”

To achieve this sound absent bells and whistles, Murphy and fellow founding bandmate Matthew Paige enlisted the help of bassist Dylan Whitlow and harmonica wielder Oliver “Ollie Dogg” Horton to turn the two-piece into a foursome. The four-piece first was assembled for the group’s second full-length record “Handle It,” which released last spring.

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The Blackfoot Gypsies fall in and out of Nashville’s traditional country mold, incorporating heavy doses of rock’n roll that leaves their sound falling on a spectrum between rock Gods like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes.

According to Murphy, the Music City’s rock n’ roll scene has moved from the underground of Nashville’s scene closer to the foreground, adding that the city can finally live up to its moniker.

Since the group’s release of “Handle It” the group has been touring extensively, and last fall jumped back into the studio to begin another project dubbed “To The Top!” from Plowboy Records, which is set for release in Feb. 2017.

Murphy describes The Blackfoot Gypsies as a live band, adding that they always bring new material into a live setting as a test run of sorts before taking it to the studio after noticing too many of his fellow musicians “striving for perfection” when they recorded.

“Sometimes you gotta do what The Rolling Stones did and just go with what feels best and not what would necessarily look best if a musician was analyzing it,” Murphy said. “Art isn’t meant to be picked over. You can’t analyze anything without the ‘anal’ part though.”

The Blackfoot Gypsies return to Lexington this Friday, Oct. 21 for a performance at Willie’s Locally Known with support from The Bobby Perry Band, who will also perform a pre-game show outside of Commonwealth Stadium prior to UK football’s bout with Mississippi St.

The trek north to Lexington marks the Gypsies first show in town since being the first performers to grace the stage at The Burl during their grand opening in July. 

“Music has taught me how to be myself,” Murphy said. “I think there’s a lot of really good music out there, and the reason it’s so good is because people are authentically being themselves and letting that seep through in their music. It’s the way to approach any art. Letting your own personality shine through is where the real fun happens.”

What: Blackfoot Gypsies and The Bobby Perry Band 

When: Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

Where: Willie’s Locally Known – 286 Southland Dr.

Tickets: $10