The Coming Tide by Luke Winslow-King on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.”

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3:33
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4:33
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About Luke Winslow-King

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 van was burglarized in Louisiana, Winslow-King found himself back in New Orleans, and he soon opted to stay, playing blues and folk music on the streets of the Crescent City as an accompanist to jazz singer John Boutte. Winslow-King has also written scores for theater and film productions, worked as a music therapist with the Institute of Applied Human Dynamics in the Bronx, New York in 2004, and taught music at the La Velle School for the Blind. After settling in New Orleans, Winslow-King co-founded Earthwork Music and performed on the label's albums, releasing his self-titled debut in 2006. In 2009, he followed it with Old/New Baby, issued through Fox on a Hill Productions. The Coming Tide appeared in 2013, released by the respected roots music label Bloodshot Records. Winslow-King and his music partner (and spouse) Esther Rose maintained a busy touring schedule, headlining at small venues and opening for the likes of Taj Mahal, the Rebirth Brass Band, Chris Thile, and Jack White. In the fall of 2014, Winslow-King released his second album for Bloodshot, Everlasting Arms. In October 2015, Winslow-King and Esther Rose divorced. The experience informed his 2016 album I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always, which he dedicated to her, adding,"Thank you for helping me to understand the true nature of love and loss." ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Cadillac, MI
  • BORN
    Mar 12, 1983

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