LUKE WINSLOW KING E ROBERTO LUTI apre Meek Hokum.: Evento roots-rock il 13 Marzo 2018


Evento roots-rock

Luke Winslow-King is a New Orleans-based guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter. His work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His alchemical songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from bygone eras producing a sound that is rusticand urbane, elegant and entirely his own. It is a sound that looks to the past to move to the future. This along with his burgundy voice, dapper attire and versatile guitar playing have earned him a reputation as a musician who delivers soulfully energetic and dynamic performances.

Originally from the northern Michigan town of Cadillac, LWK began studying and performing music at a young age. He started performing weekly in a local bar band at 14, formed The Winslow-King Blues Band at 16 and earned a diploma from the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, where he majored in jazz guitar.

He first came to Louisiana at age 19 and ended up staying there almost by chance; after only a few days in town, his car – filled to the brim with a band’s worth of instruments – was stolen while parked overnight on Ursulines Street in the Tremé. During the weeks spent trying to recover his vehicle and instruments LWK fell in love with the city that he now calls home.

After recording his first self-titled debut album in 2007, he continued paying his dues, busking on Royal Street during the day and working in the clubs on Frenchman Street at night.

In 2008, LWK recorded ‘Old New Baby’ mostly live at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. 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. After performing years of weekly gigs on Frenchmen Street, he now consistently tours the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. In 2015, he was named “Best Blues Performer” in Gambit Magazine’s Best of New Orleans.

He joined the Bloodshot Records roster in 2013 with the release of The Coming Tide, and followed with 2014’s Everlasting Arms and 2016’s I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always.

Luke was married to his long time music partner Esther Rose King in December 2013, the couple divorced in October of 2015.

Super excellent trivia: LWK worked as an extra in Bill Murray's Groundhog Day as a child. Can you spot him?

Slide guitarist Roberto Luti was born in Livorno, Italy, in 1977. He grew up hearing and listening to the Blues and Rock & Roll records his father played in the house. Luti picked up the guitar around the age of eight, his dad teaching him the basics. He continued learning mostly on his own, and used to enjoy playing the guitar and trying to match the lines and the tone of the guitar players on old Blues records.

As a teenager, Luti played in a few bands in the Livorno area. Then, when he was 22, he picked up his old national steel guitar and set off for the United States. He was searching for the Blues and for adventure, and wanted to travel playing on the streets and living life. He went to New Orleans in September 1999, returning only in 2008 when he was no longer allowed to stay in the country. He claims that New Orleans taught him a lot, about music and life.

In 2002, while still in New Orleans, Luti became involved in the Playing For Change project. As quoted on the Playing for Change site: "One of the first musicians we met was Roberto Luti, who was playing on the streets of New Orleans at the time. He has been at the heart and soul of our music ever since. He performs on three of PFC’s songs around the world, including “One Love” in which his vintage National steel guitar embraces the Blues-gospel feel of post Katrina New Orleans."
Roberto has played widely in Italy and abroad, also often making local appearances at clubs in Livorno. He also introduced Italy to New Orleans singer Lynn Drury who toured with him throughout the country in 2008-9 and played several times in Livorno itself.

Roberto now plays in the Livorno-based blues trio, TRES with his brother Simone Luti, and Rolando Cappanera. He is also involved in a diversity of music projects both locally and with a wider reach, including collaborations with Niki La Rosa with American musician Luke Winslow King.