On his latest album, Everlasting Arms, Luke Winslow-King proves that he's a keen student of all kinds of music found in new Orleans both with the mind of an academic and the heart of a street busker. These original songs cover the gamut from sad and mournful blues, to juke joint jive, to stand-up gospel, and gritty troubadour rock.
I'm adding "Everlasting Arms," "Swing That Thing," "Graveyard Blues," "Cadillac Slim," and "The Crystal Water Springs" to rotation.
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On episode 220, Luke Winslow-King is the featured guest. Listen to the episode to hear and interview with him and tracks from Everlasting Arms.
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Luke Winslow-King grew up in Cadillac, Michigan. And at least one of his songs takes a light-hearted jab at himself for being a "yankee" and moving to New Orleans with his "yankee queen." He first got into music studying at the Interlochen Center for the Arts near his home town. Later he moved to New Orleans and studied Music at New Orleans University. His academic pursuits took him far and wide included a stint to study music in Prague. But his scholarly pursuits were balanced with real-world experiences. After his tour van was robbed in 2001 he ended up playing New Orleans' Royal Street, and competing for gigs with the natives, and getting pick-up session gigs where he could. Along the way he scored gigs with John Boutte, Roberto Luti, “Washboard” Chaz Leary, Little Freddy King, and George Porter, Jr. In 2013, Luke Winslow-King was nominated as best male performer by Offbeat Magazine, alongside Dr. John and Boutte.
Along the way, he met and later married, Esther Rose, her presence is felt directly on Everlasting Arms in her back up vocals and lead vocals on a track as well as a more indirect presence in the love songs which keeps the album in a positive space from front to back.
In addition to Luke Winslow-King an Esther Rose, the band line up includes upright bassist Cassidy Holden, drummer Benji Bohannon, and trumpeter/keyboardist Ben Polcer.