While in high school in Idaho, Korby Lenker had a cover band where he tried on various alt-rock identities, singing and playing ukulele and guitar. Then he got into transcribing Trey Anastasio guitar solos as part of his music-theory studies at Western Washington University.
All that time Lenker was making solo albums, which became his focus with folk-leaning Bellingham and which went over wonderfully in the U.K., landing him on Bob Harris's "BBC Radio 4" show.
After a move to Seattle, he got the urge to plug in again, hooked up with Candlebox drummer Scott Mercado and made a nimble rock record, "King of Hearts." He now lives in Nashville.
Lenker returns to perform Friday, Aug. 1, at Naked Clothing, 126 W. Holly St. Doors at 7 p.m., music starts at 8. Suggested donation: $10.
Lenker releases his self-published book, "Medium Hero," on Aug. 12, with 23 stories culled from more than 60 written as a touring solo indie artist. The stories, he says, "come from my weird times out on the road to the lean lonely years when I wasn't touring very much to fond reminiscences of my first piano teachers."