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2014
| BS216
$10.95

Everlasting Arms

LP comes with digital download

Reminiscent of early ‘50s blues & soul 45s but with an updated pop-inflected rootsy twist--equal parts Delta punk rock, jivin’ city blues and understated elegance.

Full Description

Everlasting Arms is an album like a biography, reading of Luke Winslow-King’s road to the current. There are snapshots of picturesque scenes that detail struggle, risk, misunderstanding, and celebration, all of it cumulatively generating growth and eventually a unique sense of self.

His fourth full-length album Everlasting Arms carries on in balancing tradition with modernity. The title track – a re-write of A. Showalter’s original – opens with a sauntering Louisiana swing, and a warm introduction of Southern charm as Winslow-King’s sings in his velvety timber, “You can lean on me brother/ I believe you’ve carried too long.” Between Rose and LWK trading verses and lock stepping on choral harmonies, and the howl of Winslow-King’s bottleneck slide guitar, there is a casual brightness, a familiarity reminiscent of early ‘50s blues & soul 45s but with an updated pop-inflected rootsy twist.

The collection of 14 songs represents a spectrum of emotions and textures. “Swing That Thing” is a burner; it’s equal parts Delta punk rock and jivin’ city blues with a wonderfully raunchy resonator guitar tone that will have you in convulsive fits on the dance floor and Luke’s searing vibrato to knock you on your ass. “Levee Man” is what it would sound like if Cole Porter wrote a cheeky love letter for the burlesque show, complete with tantalizing trumpet, trombone and clarinet cat calls. And with its kinetic, Friday-night calypso beat, it’s easy to imagine “La Bega’s Carousel” is what Hunter S. Thompson may have heard inside the corrugated tin-roofed rum dives of Cuba.

Winslow-King balances the optimism with a spiritually heavier side in tunes like the piano-led ballad “Graveyard Blues,” with its pitch-black lyrics, “They’ll be hanging me tonight/ When the stars are lit/ And the moon shone bright/ I finally found one true way to lose/ My lowdown graveyard blues.” “Wanton Way of Loving” brings Esther Rose to the spotlight as the misunderstood country belle (“My wanton way of loving/ Now I’m bound to roam”), showing off her simultaneously steely and porcelain vocal tone, backed by a wilting, wandering violin melody.

Recorded amongst four studios – primarily at Piety Street in New Orleans, and including Jambona Lab in Italy to incorporate for the accompaniment of guitarist/mentor Luti – Everlasting Arms marks the rise of a new American songwriter and a group that sets a fresh standard for compositional range and dynamic atmospheric variety.

 

Short Description
  • More records like this and Winslow-King’s shelves will be lined with Grammy’s...Yes, he’s that good.

    — AbsolutePunk
  • Hearkens back to a freer, looser time in American popular song.

    — PopMatters
  • Songs like “Domino Sugar” and “The Crystal Water Spring” perfectly blend the throwback and the contemporary, and would make Winslow-King sound equally at home performing alongside John Lee Hooker or Jason Isbell.

    — American Roots Sessions
  • [LWK] steps out like a gentleman of the blues, one who can play with force and feeling and pick with no small ability, but sounds just as much at home in the front parlor as at the juke joint on the other side of town.

    — Allmusic.com
  • Hallelujah -- An absolute joy from start to finish.
    — No Depression

Track List

  1. Everlasting Arms
  2. Swing That Thing
  3. Levee Man
  4. Graveyard Blues
  5. Cadillac Slim
  6. La Bega's Carousel
  7. The Crystal Water Springs
  8. Wanton Way of Loving
  9. Interlude I (As It Goes)
  10. Last Night I Dreamed My Birthday
  11. Domino Sugar
  12. Interlude II
  13. Home Blues
  14. Traveling Myself

Listen

On Tour

Mar
30
2015

@ DBA
New Orleans, LA

Apr
02
2015

@ Three Muses
New Orleans, LA

Apr
06
2015

@ The Spotted Mallard
Melbourne, Australia

Apr
08
2015

@ Caravan Music Club
Oakleigh, Australia

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