MUSIC REVIEW: Luke Winslow-King Everlasting Arms

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ABOVE VIDEO: Luke Winslow-King performs “Everlasting Arms.” With this album, Luke Winslow-King sounds like a man who has locked himself far away from the reaches of the digital age. And going offline has done him some good.

With this album, Luke Winslow-King sounds like a man who has locked himself far away from the reaches of the digital age.

And going offline has done him some good.

Almost as if he had a collection of obscure Southern 78’s and 45’s from 1919 to 1954 and a notebook to keep him company while he decompressed from the modern world.

This look back serves him well. He churns through a heady stew of jazz, blues, early rock and folk that folds over into itself.

With “Swing that Thing,” he ups the pace and with a rambunctious dance number. “Levee Man” is a New Orleans song through and through. As is “La Bega’s Carousel.” With wild swaying horns and a barely contained swing. “Cadillac Slim” kicks’ and reels like the early rocker it’s s’possed to be.

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There’s a sweet duet on “Wanton Way of Love” which is unexpected and airy.

Winslow-King sounds completely at ease with the material. As if shifting back and forth from jazz to rock and back again was no big deal. And for him it isn’t. Just another day at work. And for anybody wondering, this is what Americana is meant to sound like. Not endless banjo droning laments on love that done up and left.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. Alberto Rivera

M. Alberto Rivera

M. Alberto Rivera has attended over 1,000 shows. He is in the possession of an absurd musical collection dating back 1923.

He has performed close to 1,000 shows or so, in a variety of styles from punk and pop, to jam bands and contemporary christian, as well as some others not easily defined.

So if you think he’s naive or uninformed when it comes to his musical opinions, you’re probably right. And he wants you to go ahead and tell him he has no idea what he’s talking about.

To reach Rivera email him at imdaeditor@gmail.com


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