Luke Winslow King back in 'Burg Friday


Luke Winslow-King is a Cadillac, MI-based guitarist, singer, composer, producer and songwriter, who spent the last decade-plus of his life living and performing all around New Orleans. 

On Friday, Pine Belt residents will get an opportunity to see Winslow-King perform during the free Live @ Five in Town Square Park,

Winslow-King’s work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock ‘n’ roll. His alchemical songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from bygone eras producing a sound that is rustic and urbane, elegant and entirely his own. It is a sound that looks to the past to move to the future. 

This along with his burgundy voice, dapper attire and versatile guitar playing have earned him a reputation as a musician who delivers soulfully energetic and dynamic performances.

His most recent album, Blue Mesa, features long-time collaborator and blues guitar dynamo Roberto Luti, Chris Davis of King James and the Special Men, and Mike Lynch on organ (Bob Seger, Larry McCray), among others and was recorded in a castle in rural Italy. 

The sound of the album is a reflection of these three locations and the transition between all three points.

This album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance where Winslow-King shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

What sets this album above the singer and guitarist’s previous work is how he’s absorbed the offerings of a life in music. Born and raised in the Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, he moved to New Orleans at 19 and spent the next 15 years fully immersing himself in the musical waters that flow through there. 

Now that he’s moved on, it is the larger world, and the people and places in it, that enthralls him.

From these travels and friendships comes a deeper and richer perspective on the American musical traditions he fell in love with at an early age. 

But no matter where he goes, the current of the Crescent City still tugs at his music. He has collaborated with New Orleans legends and wunderkinds alike, including Dr. John, John Boutté, Luti, Little Freddy King, Washboard Chaz, and Meschiya Lake. 

In addition to holding down residencies at numerous venues and releasing four studio records over the course of nine years, he has toured extensively in North America and Europe, appearing on notable stages such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans JazzFest, Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Paradiso (Netherlands), Maverick Festival (UK), and countless more.

He is releasing a new single, “Going to New Orleans,” Friday.