He never expected to win the New Orleans Blues Artist of the Year for 2015. He only moved there after his tour bus (ok, it was his car, full of instruments) broke down leaving him stranded there. He’d gone to art school in his hometown of Cadillac, Michigan. Studied music theory. Always had a fascination with all kinds of music, from classical composition to jazz. He even won a scholarship to study abroad in Prague. But gigging the mean streets of the French Quarter was his real schoolin’, and it paid off.
He learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutté, picked up bottleneck slide guitar watching blues maestro Roberto Luti, performed in John Sinclair’s Blues Scholars, and immersed himself in the trad. jazz songbook while playing with Ben Polcer and The Loose Marbles Jazz Band. During this time he was also a member Meschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns and is featured on her album Lucky Devil.
This non-stop woodshedding helped Winslow-King hone his sound and become a leader among the vibrant scene of young traditionalists in New Orleans. By 2013 he was nominated as best male performer by Offbeat Magazine, alongside Dr. John and Boutte. In 2015 he won Gambit Magazine’s New Orleans Blues Artist of the year.
A deep repository of historic influence and contemporary soul, Luke Winslow-King has become an ambassador for New Orleans’ rich and colorful culture. He is a guitarist, singer, composer, and lyricist known for his slide guitar work and fascination with antebellum blues and jazz. His music is an eclectic mix of delta-folk, ragtime, rock and roll, and even classical composition, of traditional and original songs. Muddy Waters with Jack White and Lyle Lovett mixed in.
Young and old can find plenty to respect in this serious blues man. He has toured extensively and shared stages with the likes of Jack White, Pokey Lafarge, Taj Mahal, Chris Thile, and Rebirth Brass Band. Now Luke Winslow-King rides the Winslow ferry to The Treehouse, along with his trio. Don’t miss this rare taste of authentic delta cooking on Bainbridge Island!