The Kentucky sport boat and recreation show is proud to announce the Wilderness Trail distilleries soundstage in Bourbon bar featuring live music and cocktails. Headlining the stage Saturday night is The award winning bluegrass group the Wooks! Enjoy various acts throughout the show and relax while learning about the bourbon industry from the Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville Kentucky!
Energetically honoring the sound of traditional bluegrass and mountain music, with threads of singer-songwriter, rock, and jam band music woven throughout, The Wooks are as at home on a festival stage as they are in a barn in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country.The Wooks: CJ Cain (guitar), Galen Green (mandolin), Arthur Hancock (banjo), Roddy Puckett (bass), and Jesse Wells (fiddle), were born over some 20 years time somewhere between a high school snack bar, an Irish pub, the radio waves, and a festival jam circle.Inspired by legends and trailblazers like Crowe, Whitley, Simpson, Bush, Stapleton, and Rice who cut their teeth on stages throughout the Bluegrass Region, The Wooks translate the sights and sounds of the people, hills, bars, roads, and creeks around them into songs and shows that captivate.With both respect for their heritage and innovative originality, The Wooks are the natural evolution of a sound that has always been there.
Ben has played locally in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky with many bands, ranging in styles from jazz/funk to dance to metal. Around 2000, Ben became a solo act, but still enjoys a duet with Bob Bryant, bass extraordinaire. The duo has had the honor of opening for Tower of Power twice in Kentucky. Outside of Kentucky Ben has performed around North America and in Europe.
Ben has performed with musician greats such as Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, George Duke, Joey DeFrancesco and Phil Keaggy. He has shared the bill with Frank Gambale and Tommy Emmanuel. He has played with Sting’s guitarist, Dominic Miller, in London, England. Ben did some session work with Scotty Anderson for a 9/11 tribute. Ben has also played in tribute shows to Chet Atkins and Les Paul. In July 2003, Ben had the honor of literally handing Les Paul his lifetime achievement award at Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Another particular honor has been meeting one of his guitar heroes, Steve Morse.