Luke Winslow-King (from the album Blue Mesa available from Bloodshot Records)
Playing “Born to Roam” like he owns its story, Luke Winslow-King lays claim to the highway in the track from his recent release, Blue Mesa. His personal traveling tale put him on the road from Cadillac in northern Michigan when he was nineteen years old. His journey took him to New Orleans, Lousiana where Luke has spent the last fifteen years soaking up the sounds of the city, immersing in the music. Blue Mesa shows Luke Winslow-King wearing the styles like a second skin, setting the pace with precussion tapping out a cha-cha beat for “Chicken Dinner”, throbbing on the chaotic rhythms of furturistic Blues pulsating under “Leghorn Women”, marching out “Break Down the Walls” on a Gospel stomp, and whispering on a runaway swamp rock groove for “Thought I Heard You”.
The mixing of the styles shapes Blue Mesa, driving acoustic Blues with a fiddle and guitar string bends into “Farwell Blues” and thumping out a Country ramble for “After the Rain”. As a music traditionalist, Luke Winslow-King describes the playing of his influences as ‘people’s music’ playing a mixture New Orleans Jazz, Delta Blues, ragtime, and pre-war American Folk music. Soundtracking opening cut “You Got Mine” with a healthy mash-up of sounds as Blue Mesa follows Luke Winslow-King on a thick bass line into the title track.
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