Luke Winslow-King

Luke Winslow-King

Luke Winslow-King is a guitarist, singer, composer, and lyricist known for his slide guitar work, and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. Winslow-King’s work consists of an eclectic mix, taking in delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock and roll; juxtaposing original songs with those from a bygone era.
Whether solo or with a band, Winslow-King offers an original sound that is both rustic and elegant. He delivers energetic and dynamic performances with his burgundy voice and versatile guitar playing.
Originally from Cadillac, Michigan, LWK moved to New Orleans by chance in 2001. During a decade in New Orleans, he has collaborated with a revered list of local musicians, including John Boutte, “Washboard” Chaz Leary, and Paul Sanchez.
Performing years of weekly gigs on Frenchmen Street, LWK has honed his sound and earned respect as leader among the young traditionalists, while playing to countless vacationers making musical pilgrimages to New Orleans. Outside the Crescent City, accompanied by singer/washboard-player/sweetheart Esther Rose and bassist Cassidy Holden, the trio has performed festivals, jazz halls, dive bars, listening rooms, barns, theatres, and arenas across the US and Europe; sharing the stage with icons such as Taj Mahal, John Anderson, Cheick Hamala Diabete, Jack White, Robert Earl Keen, Tower of Power, Rebirth Brass Band, and Chris Thile. Winslow-King has also performed live on CNN, the Discovery Channel, and BBC-TV in recent years and was named ‘Writer of the Week’ by American Songwriter Magazine.

Kenny Roby’s life in music has been an intellectual and spiritual quest. The Raleigh, NC-based singer/songwriter has explored the history of music and its various forms with a musicologist's zeal, absorbing them all into his art. Simultaneously, he has taken a long hard look in the mirror through the writing process, allowing him to discover and reflect back a piece of himself through his songs. Charting the continuum of that journey takes us to Roby's latest album, Memories & Birds, an ambitious vision of a Southern past littered with provocative characters and the dark, foreboding places they inhabit. The recording, his first in over six years, is filled with surprising twists and turns, shadowy corners and broken dreams. The narrative thread running throughout this complex eight-song cycle evokes the stark imagery and themes of Faulkner, O’Connor, Percy and McCarthy, as it makes clear the musical lineage from which he emerges: Cohen, Van Zandt, Newman and the like. These are song-stories of loss, isolation, desire, rejection, resignation, despair, aging and anxiety. And who better to sing them than Roby? He briefly lived the dream as part of the nationally acclaimed alt-country/indie rock band 6 String Drag in the '90s. The quartet was signed and produced by Steve Earle, wined and dined by the major label machine and heralded alongside fellow next-big-thing North Carolinians' Whiskeytown and The Backsliders. Just as quickly, it disappeared when hard living, the arrival of children and the strain of the music biz caused the band to dissolve. It's here, however, where the proverbial wheat is separated from the chaff. Proving himself the former, Roby has persevered, releasing three exquisite solo albums. Circa 2007, he went underground to further hone his craft, raise his family and bide his time. While Memories & Birds could be called a comeback, existentially speaking, it’s a debut. Wiser for his time, Kenny Roby returns, purely, the poet, the songwriter, the musician and the artist that he's always been and will always be.

"He's phenomenal." - Ryan Adams

"I recently heard a song called ‘Memories & Birds’ by a North Carolina songwriter named Kenny Roby that floored me." - Citizen Cope

"Kenny Roby's 'Memories & Birds' is a monumental work; as masterful as it is intentional." - Asheville Mountain Xpress

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Luke Winslow-King with Kenny Roby

Thursday, April 25 · 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs