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A heady blend of New Orleans jazz and country blues, The Coming Tide is as tasty as slow-simmered gumbo. This Michigan native brings an eclectic background to his sophomore album, including academic training, movie scoring experience, and stints as a street busker. This blend of highbrow polish and earthy ambience serves him well as he lays down tracks reminiscent of early Ry Cooder and Maria Muldaur. Singing with an easy Southern-inflected croon, Winslow-King gets able support from Esther Rose’s honeyed vocals and a lively brass section. His deft slide guitar adds extra tang to tunes like the title track (a slip-sliding salute to the Louisiana coast), “Staying in Town” (an ode to the comforts of home), and “You and Me” (a ragtime-ish number with a sweetly romantic glow). “Let ‘Em Talk” and “You Don’t Know Better Than Me” are typical of the album’s sly wisdom and scrappy optimism. Winslow-King’s originals are complemented by such fine cover choices as the gospel-blues standard “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” (draped in nicely ragged harmonies) and the Leadbelly murder ballad “Ella Speed.”

Customer Reviews

Like a Sunset

I saw them live in Vermont, and while I did not have cash to purchase their album after the performance, I was incredibly touched. I could not stop smiling the entire time they played. Both Luke Winslow-King and Esther Rose are more than musicians: they stir your soul and make you want to tap your hands and feet all at the same time! The standing ovation at the end of their performance speaks to their talent. This album is a testament to their skill as well.

Breath of Fresh Air

So nice to hear these sounds coming from the young. Has a good feel of New Orleans. Vocals are so well done.


Born: March 12, 1983 in Cadillac, MI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A gifted singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist whose work is rooted in vintage blues and jazz styles, Luke Winslow-King was born in Cadillac, Michigan, and began learning to play the guitar before adolescence. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy, then studied music theory and composition at the University of New Orleans. While there, he won a scholarship to study Czech music at St. Charles University in Prague, and has also studied with avant-garde composer "Blue" Gene Tyranny. After his tour...
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