Durability, melancholiness, and charm are hardly foreign substances to the work of Luke Winslow-King. The guitarist, singer, producer, and songwriter is an Americana Renaisance man, combining Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His songs blend contemporary styles of both past and present that produce a sound that is rustic and urbane, elegant, and entirely his own. Winslow-King combines the hearty showmanship of greats like Marty Stuart, Lyle Lovett while honing a rocker troubadour touch ala Jason Isbell. Even his hyphenated name appears like something out of a dusty old storybook.
After studying composition at The University of New Orleans LWK remained in New Orleans for nearly 15 years. He performed at Jazz Fest, Preservation Hall, French Quarter Fest., VooDoo Fest, and held various residencies at clubs around the city. He was named Best Blues Artist by Gambit Magazine in 2016. During that time LWK recorded four solo albums with acclaimed Chicago label Bloodshot Records, and appeared as guest on recordings with George Porter Jr., Little Freddy King, Blue Gene Tyranny, and John Boutté. King has also performed on television with Anderson Cooper Live (CNN), and NCIS New Orleans (CBS) and has had five of his singles on Spotify receive over 10 million streams, with over 100,000 monthly listeners.
Winslow-King and an all-star cast of blues, roots, and world music greats, including Roberto Luti, and Charles Hodges (Al Green), finished cutting his seventh full-length record, ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ in January 2020. The new album presents an evolution of Winslow-King’s sound that is both reverent and bright. Bearing up unprecedentedly hopeful lyrics is a deep sonic foundation of LWK’s beloved delta blues fused with the high-energy Midwestern rock that shaped his teenage years in Northern Michigan. Like all of Winslow-King’s work, ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ continues to propel rugged roots to the vanguard of modern artistic sensibility.
In addition to cutting seven studio records, over the last decade, Luke Winslow-King has completed dozens of international tours performing in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Denmark, and France, and has appeared on notable stages such as Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest to name a few. Winslow-King’s seventh studio album If These Walls Could Talk is set to be released May 2022 on Ghost River Records.
Glide is premiering “Slow Sunday June” (below) which radiates with lush harmonies and folk-inflected rock that is undeniably contagious. Perhaps the perfect pop song in a perfect world? Well, Winslow-King has a knack for the big and bold and this bluesy stunner is surely a keeper.
‘Slow Sunday June’ was born as a country blues, under a maple tree, in the village of Harrietta, Michigan. It completely took on a life of its own at Memphis Magnetic Recording Co. tracking the vocal breakdowns with Chris and Courtney Barnes of the Sensational Barnes Brothers. My band, Dominic John Davis (producer), and Roberto Luti (guitar), really helped carry the song to higher heights. The video takes you to some of my favorite places; tracing the waterways from my home state of Michigan, to Memphis, New Orleans, and Spain,” says Winslow-King.