Luke Winslow-King is an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and lyricist. A traditionalist in the styles of vintage Delta blues, Americana, jazz and ragtime, Luke’s studied classical music and he’s been open to influences from Bela Bartok, Antonin Dvorak, and Woody Guthrie. He’s originally from Cadillac, Michigan but was soaking up New Orleans living for 15 years (save for a 2-year stay in NYC’s Harlem), that shaped him into who he is as an artist today. Never mind that he had a rocky start down in the Big Easy because right off the bat, he was stripped of his car and instruments in his new domicile. He’s now back living in Cadillac where he was busted in 2014 for a small amount of marijuana that earned him three weeks in the slammer. Times have changed, drug dealing is now in the capable hands of the U.S. Govt...
It all started out innocent enough up in Michigan, playing the guitar and French horn at Baptist churches. Supported by his artistic parents, he started his first band, The Luke Winslow King Blues Band at the ripe age of 14. He’s produced 6 acclaimed studio albums, collaborated with legends like Dr. John (who passed away this June) and shared the stage with Roseanna Cash, Jack White, Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco and El Lokal mainstay Pokey Lafarge. Get an earful of his latest album «Blue Mesa» (2018), his third with Bloodshot Records and his 2019 single, «Going to New Orleans». In the tradition, the works display his dominance on the bottleneck and his songwriting, carried by his distinct velvety voice. In the song «I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always» you realize it’s a profoundly personal album the deals with heartbreak, divorce, and various other goodies life has to offer, peaking in an inspirational picking-up-the-pieces.
Seamlessly melts Delta blues, gospel and jazz themes with personal, simplified lyrics that speak to his personal and artistic evolution. – New York Times
Luke Winslow-King, live at El Lokal. The old Mississippi Delta is calling you.