Smart Bets: Wilhelm McKay

Folk rockers Wilhelm McKay takes its band name, conveniently, from the band members’ names — singer-songwriters/drummers/guitarists Chris Wilhelm and Liam McKay (who perform with cellist Cristof Ensslin). Separately, Wilhelm has already released four studio albums, as has McKay. Together, they combine their various influences (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson). According to their bio, "Their sound emphasizes love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences." Wilhelm McKay has been hard at work on a six-song EP, recorded at Asheville's Lakehouse Music and will hold an album release party at Westville Pub on Thursday, June 7. 9:30 p.m. http://www.westvillepub.com.

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