"The Coming Tide": Luke Winslow-King tours Europe the coming months29-10-2013
Offering an original sound that is both rustic and elegant, Luke Winslow-King delivers energetic and dynamic performances with his burgundy voice and versatile guitar playing. Being a guitarist, singer, composer and lyricist he is known for his slide guitar work and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. His work consists of an eclectic mix, taking in delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock 'n' roll; juxtaposing original songs with those from a bygone era.
New Orleans is a city that teems with music. It rings out on every street corner, from the French quarter to the Garden district, through Treme to the battered and bruised Ninth Ward. There’s a musician on every street corner and why not? They breed them there by the dozen, others flock there by the hundreds and even if it was the last reason somebody went there, it seems hard to imagine anyone who stays in town for longer than a fortnight wouldn’t want to pick up a horn and blow. Luke Winslow-King was not bred in New Orleans, but more than 1,000 miles due north in Cadillac, Michigan. It doesn’t seem like he ‘flocked’ to the Big Easy either, describing his migration there as happening “by chance”, but to listen to his "The Coming Tide" record, it seems little short of pre-ordained. In the dozen years he has spent there learning his trade, Winslow-King has soaked up so much of the city’s character that his sound can immediately transport you to the jazz halls of the French quarter and the bars of Frenchman Street.
Like so many debut albums, "The Coming Tide" has a forward-looking name (as well as one that speaks to the constant spectre of flooding in this vulnerable place), but this is unashamedly stuck in the past. Carefully blending blues, jazz and delta-folk Winslow-King has produced a fine record which serves as a showcase for the modern-day traditionalists at work in the Crescent City. In October and November Luke Winslow-King and his band are over in Europe doing headline shows as well as support shows for Pokey LaFarge. Have a look at his schedule here or the flyer underneath.