Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Luke Winslow-King to release new album Everlasting Arms. Listen> Title Track

Luke Winslow-King is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from New Orleans, LA by way of Cadillac, MI. Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide in 2013, LWK (for brevity’s sake) has been as hardworking a musician as they come. Subsequent tours in the United States and overseas with his singing partner (and now wife) Esther Rose and a mutating band (including the core of upright bassist Cassidy Holden, drummer Benji Bohannon, and trumpeter/keyboardist Ben Polcer) landed the group in front of larger audiences while sharing the stage with the likes of Jack White, Pokey Lafarge, Taj Mahal, Chris Thile, and Rebirth Brass Band. 
Winslow-King’s second release for Bloodshot in as many years, Everlasting Arms finds inspiration in the developmental experiences of life and has LWK & Co. building upon previous creative efforts with a wider scope, exploring a sonically and stylistically panoramic songwriting vision, carrying on in balancing tradition with modernity.

He came to Louisiana in the fall of ’02 at age 19 with Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn presenting: ‘From California to the New York Island’ the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie. After only a few days in New Orleans, Winslow-King’s car – filled to the brim with a bands worth of instruments – was stolen while parked overnight on Ursulines Street. It was during the two or three weeks that he stuck around trying to recover his vehicle and instruments that he fell in love with the city that he now calls home. He enrolled in the music theory and composition program at the University of New Orleans in the spring of ’03 and was awarded an ambassador scholarship to study Czech classical music at St. Charles University in Prague that summer.

Back in New Orleans, Winslow-King learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutte, bottleneck guitar from blues maestro Roberto Luti (formerly of The Washboard Chaz Blues Trio), and traditional jazz tunes playing with The Loose Marbles Jazz Band. He began paying his dues busking on Royal Street in the day and working regularly at the clubs on Frenchman Street at night.

In New York City, He was employed as a music therapist by the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics in the Bronx, and held a music teacher’s position at the La Velle School for the Blind. While in New York, Luke studied composition privately and recorded with Grammy nominated avant-garde composer “Blue” Gene Tyranny, and attended Jack Hardy’s legendary songwriter’s circle.

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