Thursday, July 11
It took more than a decade, but Michigan native Luke Winslow-King earned his stripes in the music mecca of New Orleans. In 2001, Winslow-King traveled to New Orleans with other Michigan musicians. His car was stolen, leaving him stranded in the The Big Easy. He ended up staying and studying the rich music of the city. A dozen years later, the city’s scene has fully embraced him. He was recently nominated earlier this month for Best Male Performer by the Big Easy Music Awards. He’s up against “heavy hitters” Dr. John and John Boutte. Winslow-King was raised in Cadillac and attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He attended Western Michigan University for about a semester before his 2001 trip to New Orleans. He also studied music theory at New Orleans University. Winslow-King busked on the streets, built relationships with other musicians and worked his way into weekly gigs. On April 23, Winslow-King released his new studio album, “The Coming Tide,” on Chicago’s Bloodshot Records, which signed him earlier this year. He deftly mixes his music education with his street picker sentimentality. You hear jazz, Delta blues, folk and hints of gospel. The album also gets a boost from New Orleans-via-Ann Arbor vocalist Esther Rose. Winslow-King anticipates big things ahead. He’s already opened for Taj Mahal and Jack White and recently performed at SXSW & The New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Listen to The Coming Tide: