What’s new with Luke Winslow-King: interview

Catching up with the long-lost descendAnt of Delta blues, folk and trad jazz greats, whose album Everlasting Arms arrives Sept. 30.



 Luke Winslow-King has paid his dues in the New Orleans music scene for more than a decade, building his reputation as a world-class slide guitarist. With years of performances and three albums under his belt, along with a fourth album to be released Sept. 30, Winslow-King said it was only recently that he has reached a critical mass with his fans. Increasingly, his crowds across the U.S. and abroad know his songs and come to the show ready to go.

  For his fourth album, Everlasting Arms (Bloodshot Records), Winslow-King said his fans won't be surprised, but will be "pleasantly delighted." It is his second album on the label, following 2013's The Coming Tide.

  Winslow-King made a concerted effort with his drummer to ensure that the rhythm was "really pushing on a lot of the album." Everlasting Arms is louder than his previous albums and features more of the energy he displays during his performances. The album also features a large cast of New Orleans musicians, including violinist Matt Rhody and trumpeters Rick Trolsen and Ben Polcer. And, as always, Winslow-King's bandmate and wife Esther Rose's vocals shine throughout the album.

  Everlasting Arms was recorded at several studios in Louisiana, Michigan and Italy. While in Italy, Winslow-King reunited with former New Orleans guitarist Roberto Luti, whom Winslow-King refers to as the album's "secret weapon."

  The album's titular first single debuted on the popular music website Brooklyn Vegan, and a music video for "Swing That Thing" will be released in the comazzaa zzz aaing weeks. The video is directed by Workaholics co-creator Kyle Newacheck and was shot in Blue Nile's Balcony Room in May.

  Winslow-King and his band recently returned from extensive touring throughout the U.S. and Europe, and the upcoming year will feature the usual road-heavy schedule. But the majority of the band's gigs are in New Orleans through October. Winslow-King says while touring in support of Everlasting Arms will come eventually, he's going to enjoy his time back in New Orleans for now.

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