More than a decade ago, Michigan native, songwriter and slide guitarist Luke Winslow-King fell in love with New Orleans—the place responsible for his fusion of Gospel revival, old-school Delta blues and modern day songwriting. So it's only fitting he'll be playing at this year's New Orleans Jazz Festival.
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One listen to Winslow-King will take you back to the time of pre-war blues and traditional jazz. With songs that are a mix of Delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock & roll, his music is reminiscent of a bygone era.
Growing up, Winslow-King listened to the tunes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Muddy Waters, but when he came to New Orleans, he discovered New Orleans traditional jazz, which really inspired him. "... It was a mix of the folk and people’s music that I grew up on, mixed with the jazz and improvisation that I was studying," says Winslow-King. "When I came to New Orleans my two worlds came together—a people’s music that had a lot of improvisation to it."
Fans of his records can expect that onstage, most of his recorded material will be improvised, which makes each live performance a unique experience for his listeners. Those who are unfamiliar with his music are in for a pleasant surprise. Hopefully you will get to hear his dark, bluesy cover of "I've Got My Mind Set On You," the pop song made famous by George Harrison in 1987, a crowd favorite.
His latest release, "The Coming Tide," weaves together elements of jazz, delta blues, folk, rock, and southern gospel into original songs that are unique and well crafted. Winslow-King delivers original, homespun music, whether he's up on stage alone or accompanied by a band. Jazz Fest goers will want to catch what is sure to be an energetic and dynamic performance when he plays on Sunday, May 4. Listeners will go crazy over his burgundy voice and versatile guitar playing.
Jazz Fest Performance: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Go see this if: You are a fan of Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr., and want to hear smooth, intoxicating vocals