Luke Winslow-King at the Pittsburgh Winery
New Orleans, Louisiana is a city known for its history, its food, but most importantly, its jazz. Every year, vacationers make their way to The Big Easy on musical pilgrimages – soaking up the sounds of a bygone era.
But this month, on Thursday, September 26th at 8:00PM, the Pittsburgh Winery brings these sounds to you through an on-going series called “Frenchmen on Penn.” Preceded by the Lost Bayou Ramblers in August, the Pittsburgh Winery is proud to present the musical talents of Luke Winslow-King.
At the young age of 19, Winslow-King (guitarist, singer, composer and lyricist) set out for a tour with his blues band. But when they finally reached New Orleans, their car was stolen, along with their instruments. Needless to say, the city left an impression on the artist. “It’s almost like these things happened in my life that changed my course, but put me back to where I needed to be,” says Winslow-King. And with that, he quickly moved from his home in Cadillac, Michigan to Louisiana, where he started performing while studying music at the University of New Orleans.
This is how, for over a decade, Winslow-King has performed on Frenchmen Street. His unique sound blends delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock and roll.
He is accompanied by singer/washboard-player Esther Rose and bassist Cassidy Holden. The trio has performed festivals, jazz halls, dive bars, listening rooms, barns, theatres, and arenas across the US and Europe and has shared the stage with icons such as Taj Mahal, John Anderson, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jack White, Pokey LaFarge, Robert Earl Keen, Tower of Power, Rebirth Brass Band, and Chris Thile. Winslow-King has also performed live on CNN, the Discovery Channel, and BBC-TV in recent years and was named ‘Writer of the Week’ by American Songwriter Magazine.
His recently released Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide seems to mix the eclectic sounds of The Big Easy into a single tracklist. On the album’s title track, that also acts as the album name, Winslow-King trades harmonies with Rose over stuttering drums, horns and bottleneck slide guitar – gospel music set to jazz and early rock and roll. Something you might hear coming from your grandfather’s crackling and old AM radio.
“‘The Coming Tide’ was one of those songs that just kind of wrote itself,” says Winslow-King, “It’s a warning to take shelter.” Check it out below!
Winslow-King tickets are available for fans 21 and older here.