Jun 162018
 
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NEW LUKE WINSLOW-KING ALBUM OUT NOW!

Blue Mesa

NEW ALBUM “BLUE MESA”

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Luke Winslow-King’s latest album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

From the first track, Luke effortlessly draws the listener into his genre-expansive, dynamic world. “You Got Mine,” co-written with friend and legendary local musician “Washboard” Lissa Driscoll (who passed away in September 2017), enchants with its laid back grace. Delicate touches of Paul Simon and Robert Cray color this paean to unconditional friendship and camaraderie. With crisp guitar lines evoking Mike Campbell, the gospel-tinged call-to-action “Break Down the Walls” and the easy-country amble “After the Rain” sit astride the solemn and the uplifting. The subtle Stax-inflected soul of the title track casts a disintegrating relationship against the inspirational scenery of the desert Southwest. “Farewell Blues,” a song written after he found out about his late father’s cancer diagnosis, has a resolute drifter’s wandering heart to guide it.

But no matter where he goes, the current of the Crescent City still tugs at Luke’s music. The sweaty riffs of “Thought I Heard You” are as hot as the beer is cold and the syncopated horns on “Chicken Dinner” are a big, playful flirtation. The psychedelic swamp boogie of “Leghorn Women” brims with charm, both suave and sinister, while the Tom-Petty-on-the-levee vibe of “Born to Roam” makes it a classic-in-the-making road trip anthem.

Luke Winslow-King’s latest album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

What sets this album above the singer and guitarist’s previous work is how he’s absorbed the offerings of a life in music. Born and raised in the Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, he moved to New Orleans at 19 and spent the next 15 years fully immersing himself in the musical waters that flow through there. Now that he’s moved on, it is the larger world, and the people and places in it, that enthralls him. From these travels and friendships comes a deeper and richer perspective on the American musical traditions he fell in love with at an early age.

From the first track, Luke effortlessly draws the listener into his genre-expansive, dynamic world. “You Got Mine,” co-written with friend and legendary local musician “Washboard” Lissa Driscoll (who passed away in September 2017), enchants with its laid back grace. Delicate touches of Paul Simon and Robert Cray color this paean to unconditional friendship and camaraderie. With crisp guitar lines evoking Mike Campbell, the gospel-tinged call-to-action “Break Down the Walls” and the easy-country amble “After the Rain” sit astride the solemn and the uplifting. The subtle Stax-inflected soul of the title track casts a disintegrating relationship against the inspirational scenery of the desert Southwest. “Farewell Blues,” a song written after he found out about his late father’s cancer diagnosis, has a resolute drifter’s wandering heart to guide it.

But no matter where he goes, the current of the Crescent City still tugs at Luke’s music. The sweaty riffs of “Thought I Heard You” are as hot as the beer is cold and the syncopated horns on “Chicken Dinner” are a big, playful flirtation. The psychedelic swamp boogie of “Leghorn Women” brims with charm, both suave and sinister, while the Tom-Petty-on-the-levee vibe of “Born to Roam” makes it a classic-in-the-making road trip anthem.

Blue Mesa was recorded across the globe in the Tuscan fortress village of Lari, Italy and features long-time collaborator and Italian blues guitar dynamo Roberto Luti, Chris Davis of King James and the Special Men, and Mike Lynch (Bob Seger, Larry McCray) on organ, among others.

Luke Winslow-King has collaborated with New Orleans legends and wunderkinds alike, including Dr. John, John Boutté, Luti, Little Freddy King, Washboard Chaz, and Meschiya Lake. In addition to holding down residencies at numerous venues and releasing four studio records over the course of nine years, he has toured extensively in North America and Europe, appearing on notable stages such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans JazzFest, Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Paradiso (Netherlands), Maverick Festival (UK), and countless more.

  1. YOU GOT MINE
  2. LEGHORN WOMEN
  3. BLUE MESA
  4. BORN TO ROAM
  5. BETTER FOR KNOWING YOU
  6. THOUGHT I HEARD YOU
  7. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS
  8. CHICKEN DINNER
  9. AFTER THE RAIN
  10. FAREWELL BLUES

Luke Winslow-King
w/ Channing and Quinn, The Accidentals, Donna the Buffalo
06/16/2018 Tour Dates Delton Michigan US Buttermilk Jamboree
Luke Winslow-King 06/20/2018 Tour Dates Bainbridge Washington US Treehouse Cafe
Luke Winslow-King 06/21/2018 Tour Dates Prosser Washington US Brewminatti
Luke Winslow-King 06/22/2018 Tour Dates Long Beach Washington US Adrift Hotel
Luke Winslow-King 06/23/2018 Tour Dates Port Townsend Washington US Rainshadow Recording Studio
Luke Winslow-King 06/24/2018 Tour Dates Portland Oregon US White Eagle
Luke Winslow-King 06/25/2018 Tour Dates Bend Oregon US The Annex
Luke Winslow-King 06/26/2018 Tour Dates Twain California US Feather River Hot Springs
Luke Winslow-King 06/27/2018 Tour Dates San Francisco California US Hotel Utah
Luke Winslow-King 06/28/2018 Tour Dates Los Angeles California US Hotel Cafe
Luke Winslow-King 07/01/2018 Tour Dates Huntsville Utah US Earl’s Lodge
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Dave Herrero, Los Straitjackets, Nick Lowe
07/03/2018 Tour Dates Berwyn Illinois US Fitgerald’s American Music Festival
Luke Winslow-King 07/13/2018 Tour Dates Harbor Springs Michigan US Blissfest Festival Farm
Luke Winslow-King
w/ My Son The Hurricane
07/14/2018 Tour Dates Harbor Springs Michigan US Blissfest Festival Farm
Luke Winslow-King 07/18/2018 Tour Dates Hancock Michigan US Orpheum Theatre
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Y La Bamba
07/21/2018 Tour Dates Grand Rapids Michigan US KAXE Amphitheater
Luke Winslow-King 07/27/2018 Tour Dates Ottawa Illinois US Dockside Bar & Grill
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Samantha Fish
07/29/2018 Tour Dates Galva Illinois US Wiley Park
Luke Winslow-King 08/16/2018 Tour Dates Lowell Michigan US Lowell Riverwalk Plaza
Luke Winslow-King 08/17/2018 Tour Dates Wellston Michigan US Hoxeyville Music Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/23/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/24/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/25/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/26/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/27/2018 Tour Dates Hamburg DE Nochtwache
Luke Winslow-King 08/28/2018 Tour Dates Berlin DE Quasimodo
Luke Winslow-King 08/31/2018 Tour Dates Leon ES Festival Valle de Tobalina
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Joshua Hedley, Gretchen Peters, The Ben Miller Band
09/01/2018 Tour Dates Amsterdam NL Paradiso
Luke Winslow-King
w/ David Ramirez
09/02/2018 Tour Dates Venlo NL Grenswerk
Luke Winslow-King 09/03/2018 Tour Dates Krefeld DE Kulturrampe
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Tami Neilson
09/04/2018 Tour Dates London UK Bush Hall
Luke Winslow-King 09/05/2018 Tour Dates Bristol UK The Hen and the Chicken
Luke Winslow-King 09/06/2018 Tour Dates Oxford UK The Jericho
Luke Winslow-King 09/07/2018 Tour Dates Chester UK St. Mary’s – A Creative Space
Luke Winslow-King 09/08/2018 Tour Dates Scrooby UK Scrooby Village Hall
Luke Winslow-King 09/09/2018 Tour Dates Old Portsmouth UK The Square Tower
Luke Winslow-King 10/18/2018 Tour Dates Arnhem NL Luxor
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Wim Mertens
10/20/2018 Tour Dates Groningen NL Oosterpoort
Luke Winslow-King 10/21/2018 Tour Dates Den Haag NL Paard
Luke Winslow-King 10/23/2018 Tour Dates Santander ES Sala BNS

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