CLICK ON TITLE BELOW TO GO TO PURCHASE!!!! CD submissions accepted! Guest writers always welcome!!

I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!

Please email me at
Showing posts with label Luke Winslow-King. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luke Winslow-King. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bloodshot Records artist: Luke Winslow-King - Everlasting Arms - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (September 30, 2014), Everlasting Arms, from Luke Winslow-King and it's quite interesting. Opening with title track, Everlasting Arms, LWK sets an easy spiritual blues feel singing in tandem with wife, Esther Rose. A laid back country blues, LWK handles primary lead vocal and smooth slide guitar work. Very nice. Swing That Thing has a lot of jangle and a feel of the hill country blues. A simple blues holler not unlike Mr Burnside might put down, and clean rhythmic guitar rhythm and slide work ...this is a very cool track. Levee Man has a strong feel of New Orleans jazz and bright trumpet Ben Polcer as well as some nice clarinet and trombone work. A very nice Basin Street feel. Graveyard Blues is a simple ballad with nice piano accompaniment by Polcer. An easy set 3/4 pace really showcases the nice blend between Rose and LWK's vocals. Cadillac Slim digs deeper into the New Orleans feel with drummer Benji Bohannon leading the way. LWK lays down a clean electric solo on this track and upright bassist Cassidy Holden sets a solid bass line. La Bega's Carousel again features really nice vocal blending and the island rhythm which enriches New Orleans' heritage. A featured trumped solo by Polcer over a naked drum rhythm by Bohannon is really cool! The Crystal Water Springs has a much more traditional blues feel and raw guitar sounds. I really like the slide work on this track with it's raggedy edges and earthy feel. Wanton Way Of Loving features Rose in front and LWK echoing on second vocal. Enriched with a country fiddle sound, this track is solid and clean. Interlude (As It Goes) is a very interesting track with what to my ear sounds like Mali guitar work. Excellent! Last Night I Dreamed My Birthday is a strongly written ballad and one that could easily find it's way to multiple genre playlists. Domino Sugar is a sugary sweet rock track that rivals anything that John Mayer puts up but with cool slide work. Very nice! Interlude II is a short experimental instrumental track. A nice break and adds texture. Home Blues has a great St' James Infirmary feel with a super play between the horns and bass line. A beautiful clarinet solo on this track not only gives it a feeling of authenticity but makes you wonder why it doesn't find it's way onto more contemporary tracks. Polcer really finds the groove on this track with his solo trumpet work and LWK delivers on vocals making this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Wrapping the release is Traveling Myself, a bouncy country style blues track primarily LWK on vocal and guitar with improvised percussion. This is a deceptively cool release which you need to listen to a few times to really get... and you should get it!

 “Like” Bman’s Facebook page. I use Facebook to spread the word about my blog (Now with translation in over 50 languages). I will not hit you with 50 posts a day. I will not relay senseless nonsense. I use it only to draw attention to some of the key posts on my blog each day. In this way I can get out the word on new talent, venues and blues happenings! - click Here


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Luke Winslow-King to release new album Everlasting Arms

*Album out on September 30 on Bloodshot Records

*Exclusive launch with Brooklyn Vegan of the new single, “Everlasting Arms”


Luke Winslow-King ( is releasing a new album Everlasting Arms on September 30 via Bloodshot Records. The pre-order sale link is available here (

Winslow-King is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from New Orleans, LA by way of Cadillac, MI. Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide in 2013, LWK (for brevity’s sake) has been as hardworking a musician as they come. Subsequent tours in the United States and overseas with his singing partner (and now wife) Esther Rose and a mutating band (including the core of upright bassist Cassidy Holden, drummer Benji Bohannon, and trumpeter/keyboardist Ben Polcer) landed the group in front of larger audiences while sharing the stage with the likes of Jack White, Pokey Lafarge, Taj Mahal, Chris Thile, and Rebirth Brass Band. Winslow-King’s second release for Bloodshot in as many years, Everlasting Arms finds inspiration in the developmental experiences of life and has LWK & Co. building upon previous creative efforts with a wider scope, exploring a sonically and stylistically panoramic songwriting vision, carrying on in balancing tradition with modernity.

Brooklyn Vegan announced the album release and launched the lead single for the album-titled track, “Everlasting Arms.” You can listen to and share the track here:

For upcoming tour dates, keep an eye Luke’s tour dates page:

Or on his website:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Luke Winslow-King Album Release Details, Tour + SXSW, Song Stream



[photo by Jason Kruppa – LINK]

Two months ago Bloodshot announced the signing of New Orleans-based artist Luke Winslow-King. Now, we have details on his new album, The Coming Tide, as well as dates for a pre-release tour and SXSW, and the launch of an exclusive song stream.

Click to listen to a stream of “You Don’t Know Better Than Me” over at CMT Edge. Feel free to re-post the SoundCloud link ( on Facebook, Twitter, etc. or embed it using the share button. We will also be launching a promotional MP3 download – the album’s first single – around mid-March.

Winslow-King’s Bloodshot debut The Coming Tide will be widely released on April 23. Leading up to the release date, Luke and the band – which most often includes singer/washboard player Esther Rose, bassist Cassidy Holden, and trumpet/piano player Ben Polcer – will tour from their home state of Louisiana through Austin for SXSW and up into the Midwest. You can see the collected tour dates as well as additional post-release shows HERE.


[album cover – LINK]

Recorded at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, The Coming Tide brings together Winslow-King’s formal music education with a street-busking resilience, a proficiency on bottleneck slide guitar, the featured vocals (and washboard playing) of Esther Rose, and a cast of A-plus local players. The result is a vibrant amalgam of early 20th century jazz, Delta blues, American folksong, and Southern gospel.


1. The Coming Tide
2. Moving On (Towards Better Days)
3. Let ‘Em Talk
4. Staying In Town
5. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
6. You Don’t Know Better Than Me [LISTEN]
7. I’ve Got the Blues For Rampart Street
8. You & Me
9. I Know She’ll Do Right By Me
10. Ella Speed
11. I’ve Got My Mind Set On You



2.25 // New Orleans - Hi Ho Lounge w/ Shakey Graves

3.13 // Austin TX - Blurt Day Party 1pm - 1:30pm || Mouth By Mouthwest Showcase for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) TBA || Continental Club @ 08:00 PM to 08:40 PM **OFFICIAL SXSW Showcase
3.14 // Oxford America Showcase TBA
// Austin, TX - Bloodshot's Yard Dog Showcase


3.22 // Hattiesburg, MS – T-Bones @ 5:30pm || Thirsty Hippo @ 9pm

3.23 // Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s @ 9pm
3.24 // New Orleans – d.b.a. @ 10pm
3.25 // Birmingham, AL – The Nick @ 10pm

3.26 // Florence, AL – Billy Reid In-Store (early performance) || the end theater – 10pm
3.27 // Nashville, Tn – Exit/In @ 9pm
3.28 // Terre Haute, IN – The Verve @ 10pm
3.29 // Springfield, IL- TBA
3.30 // St. Louis, MO – Blues City Deli @ 12pm ||
Broadway Oyster Bar @ 10pm
4.2 // Champaign/Urbana, IL – Iron Post @ 8pm
4.3 // Fennville, MI – Salt of the Earth @ 8pm

4.4 // Chicago, Il – Fitzgerald’s @ 9pm
4.5 // Three Rivers, MI – Rivieria Theatre @ 8pm
4.6 // Ann Arbor, MI - Hash Bash

4.7 // Grand Rapids, Mi – The DAAC @ 8pm

4.8 // Kalamazoo, MI – Old Dog Tavern @ 8pm
4.9 // Toledo, OH – Village Idiot @ 8pm

4.13 // New Orleans – French Quarter Festival
4.23 // Washington DC – Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
4.25 // Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live at the Queen
5.4 // New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


Find out more about Luke Winslow-King:
Twitter: @LukeWinslowKing

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bloodshot Records signs Luke Winslow-King



[photo by Jason Kruppa]

Bloodshot Records is very excited to announce the signing of New Orleans-based artist Luke Winslow-King. Luke initially caught our ear with his unique style, emerging from the ashes of Delta blues, New Orleans traditional jazz, ragtime, and pre-war American folksong. After being transfixed watching Luke and singer/washboard player Esther Rose perform gorgeous duets at a noisy college bar in Chicago we were straight up hooked. His amalgam of sounds is full of culture and texture, and respectively Winslow-King’s knowledge of music history and attention to detail are nearly as captivating as his impeccable song compositions, guitar technique, and warm voice.

[photo by Zack Smith]

As for a little background detail: in 2010, already with two full-length albums under his belt, LWK formed a trio consisting of Rose and upright bass player Cassidy Holden that remains the namesake’s core incarnation. In June the group self released the exceptional The Coming Tide and after being bowled over, we knew Luke and Co. would make a great addition to the roster.

In March 2013 Bloodshot will re-release The Coming Tide with bonus tracks and new packaging.

Below is the remainder of the LWK’s show dates in 2012, with many more to come in the new year. He and the group tour extensively – roughly 175 performances over the last year – so keep an eye out for them in your area.

*All shows in New Orleans, LA
November 29 @ Ogden After Hours
November 30 @ Hermes Bar
December 6 @ Three Muses
December 13 @ Three Muses
December 16 @ Antoine’s brunch

Find out more about Luke Winslow-King:
Twitter: @LukeWinslowKing

VIDEO for “Stayin In Town” (Live @ WYCE):

If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”