In 2002, Luke Winslow-King made a pilgrimage to New Orleans and ending up staying there almost by chance; after only a few days in town, Winslow-King’s car – filled to the brim with a band’s worth of instruments – was stolen. During the weeks spent trying to recover his vehicle and instruments LWK fell in love with the city that he went on to call home for the next 15 years. He learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutté, studied bottleneck guitar with blues maestro Roberto Luti (formerly of The Washboard Chaz Blues Trio), and immersed himself in the trad jazz songbook while playing with the Loose Marbles Jazz Band.
Now, ‘one of the hardest working, authentic, and original acts in Americana music’ comes to Oxford to showcase the incredible slide guitar and excellent blues & jazz styled songwriting that has made him one of the most talked about traditionalists on the scene today. American Songwriter praises his latest album ‘Blue Mesa’ for its “memorable melodies and taut backing musicians [which] keep the music energized, electric and immediate.” Here’s a taster: