Sixtyfourwest

A top 40, variety band.

Artist Bio

The Ever-Changing Sixtyfourwest

Sixtyfourwest is emerging as one of the most sought after groups in the Kentuckiana area, and for good reason: You will never see the same Sixtyfourwest show twice.

Founded by Bill Yackey and Aaron Weaver of Louisville, Ky., the group prides itself on its versatility. If the gig is a large concert hall or outdoor festival, the two bring their full 4-piece band along. In quiet settings, the two will go back and forth between guitar and cello. If the gig is at a rowdy bar, the two turn up the acoustic and entertain for hours. And if the gig is a fundraiser or event, the two clean up their act and impress the crowd.

“We played Keeneland Race Course one time and had to be real quiet so as not to upset the horses,” said guitarist Bill Yackey. “We played the whole show unplugged, like an old-time folk deal, harmonizing on just about everything. Later that night we put on a rock show at a bar.”

The key to their flexibility is their songlist, which totals more than 130 tunes spanning the last four decades and across all music genres.

“We’ll play Tim McGraw, then something like O.A.R., then we’ll play ‘Killing Me Softly’ by the Fugees using just vocals and beatbox and people go nuts,” said Aaron Weaver, lead singer of the group. “Then we’ll turn around and play something they just heard on the radio earlier on in the night.”

Weaver and Yackey’s success isn’t unfounded. They have a long-standing history of singing in the Louisville area, having been in Kentucky All-State Choirs and numerous groups at the University of Kentucky, including the acclaimed AcoustiKats a cappella group. That classical and a cappella training has stunning results when it comes to singing pop-style music.

“First and foremost, people notice the singing,” said Yackey. “It really surprises people too. Too little attention is paid to vocals, especially on the local music scene. We do the opposite, turn down the guitars and turn up the vocals.”

The group doesn’t stick exclusively to covers, either. Sixtyfourwest has recorded over 40 songs since 2004, with seven of them appearing on their Sixtyfourwest EP, released in September 2009. The songs blend folk rock with soul, tinged with a bit of country which reflects the group’s Kentucky roots. The single off the record, “That’s What Makes Her Kentucky,” features Gary Carter on pedal steel, who formerly played with Randy Travis and Faith Hill.

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Song List

Today’s Hits

Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Notion – Kings of Leon
Come on get Higher – Matt Nathanson
Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams
Crash – Dave Matthews
Crazy Game of Poker -OAR
Everything you want – Vertical Horizon
Gotta Be More – Marc Broussard
Fix You -Coldplay
Follow you down – Gin Blossoms
Here is gone-Goo Goo Dolls
Hey Girl – OAR
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Mr. Brightside – Killers
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Shattered -OAR
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Use Somebody -KOL
Where you are – Marc Broussard
Viva La Vida -Coldplay

‘90s

3 a.m. – Matchbox 20
All for you – Sister Hazel
Breakfast @ Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Down in a Hole – Alice in Chains
Champagne Supernova -Oasis
Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
High and Dry -Radiohead
How’s It Gonna Be – 3EB
If You Could Only See -Tonic
Jumper – Third Eye Blind
Meet Virginia – Train
Push -Matchbox 20
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Semi Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
What Would You Say? – Dave Matthews
When I Come Around – Green Day
Wonderwall -Oasis
Good – Better than Ezra

‘80s

American Girl – Tom Petty
Don’t stop Believing -Journey
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
The next to be w/ you – Mr. Big
Where the Streets have no name – U2
With or Without You – U2

Classics

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Have you ever seen the rain -CCR
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynrd Skynrd
To make you feel my love – Bob Dylan
Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw – Jimmy
You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling – Righteous Bros.
Use me – Bill Withers

Country

Anything But Mine – Kenny Chesney
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Dixieland Delight – Alabama
Don’t happen twice – Kenny Chesney
Family tradition – Hank Williams II
Fast Cars and Freedom – Rascal Flatts
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
I like it, I love it – Tim McGraw
Praying for Daylight – Rascal Flatts
Real Good Man – Tim McGraw
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy – Big & Rich
These Days – Rascal Flatts
Toes – Zac Brown Band
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

Hip Hop/R&B/Soul

I’ll make love to you – Boyz II Men
I Belong To You – Brian McKnight
Killing me softly – The Fugees
Regulate – Nate Dogg & Warren G