Luke Winslow-King | Studios at SPACE | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader
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Luke Winslow-King 

When: Thu., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
On the recent Everlasting Arms (Bloodshot), Michigan-bred, New Orleans-based Luke Winslow-King often soups up the roots music of his adopted hometown—early jazz, R&B, country pop, et cetera—with a dose of the blues. “Swing That Thing” rides a chugging groove streaked with screaming slide guitar that wouldn’t sound out of place on a vintage Elmore James side, and “Travelling Blues” harks back to the Delta with its acoustic bottleneck guitar. Some of the songs are pure New Orleans—the strolling polyphonic horns on “Levee Man” sound like they’ve been smuggled out of Preservation Hall—but the strongest, most interesting tracks, among them “Graveyard Blues” and “Last Night I Dreamed My Birthday,” partake of Winslow-King’s distinctive hybrid idiom, which combines an avuncular charm and casual soul reminiscent of Nashville singer-songwriter Paul Burch with various ordinarily distinct styles from the Crescent City and elsewhere. He even hints at the African desert blues of Tinariwen on a brief instrumental interlude called “As It Goes”—as enamored as he is of the old school, he isn’t stuck in time. —Peter Margasak



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