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Luke Winslow-King - Recorded Live At Tweed Recording EP (2012)

15-02-2014, 17:49
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Luke Winslow-King - Recorded Live At Tweed Recording EP (2012)

Artist: Luke Winslow-King
Title Of Album: Recorded Live At Tweed Recording EP
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Oxford Sounds
Genre: Blues Folk, Americana, Blues Jazz
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 12:35
Total Size: 30 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Miss The Mississippi And You (2:44)
02. I Know She'll Do Right By Me (2:27)
03. Ragtime Millionaire (2:32)
04. Mississippi Slow Drag (2:11)
05. The Coming Tide (2:40)

The lure of the blues for many young musicians is a palpable and pervasive desire. And it has been for forty years or so, since precocious, mostly white British and American musicians began copying and emulating the whole wide-angled world of American blues forms in the 1960’s. That decade was really awash in earnest, forthright readings of blues mythology, from the disarmingly sincere anthropology of the early sixties folk boom to the legions of late-decade bands with their sometimes transcendent and other times patently ridiculous takes on high intensity electric blues styles. In the 1970’s, one could discern the influence of the blues panorama very nearly everywhere — it completely and utterly suffused pop and hard rock and funk, but it was also pretty plainly there in cheesy AM-radio Top 40 fluff, and was even easily heard in new country and western standards. The blues both as a genre and as a mythic cultural idealization moved from the previous decades problematic fetishism to something more akin to a kind of maddening pop music architecture. Listeners in the 1970’s simply had a hard time getting away from its viral imperative and influence. Was anyone really surprised when punk rock tried to kill the golden calf?

In the 1980’s the blues as a pop presence kind of went underground, though the torch carried by the true believers was moved adroitly forward by a number of great artists — Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, the Hollywood Fats Band, the Tailgators, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds among them. But, for the most part the bold architectonic of the blues in pop and rock (read: white and mainstream) culture was crumbling, the once rabidly embraced mythos defanged, its achingly beautiful passion neutered, its warmth and incandescence a little less intense, its overt presence and influence a sad signifier of cartoonishness or worse.

I’ve indulged writing this armchair capsule history because one of the most pleasing developments I’ve found in the malignantly fractured and atomised world of today’s pop music is the reappearance of artists who are rediscovering the blues, not just rediscovering it but reclaiming it from the culture that so sapped its elan vital and re-revealing all the deeply-hued vibrancy that colored so much great pop and rock music of 1960’s and 1970’s. That’s exciting!

Luke Winslow-King is one of these artists. Winslow-King is from Cadillac, Michigan but he calls New Orleans home and has lived there since 2002 when his car was stolen in the French Quarter with all his musical equipment in it. At the time, the guitarist had already immersed himself in the academic study of jazz and composition. But, he found the emotional sterility and high-bandwidth musicality that informed so much bop and fusion jazz to be a dead- end, vapid and disconnected. He related instead to th folk music of the legendary Woody Guthrie and the cryptic deep blues of Mississippi John Hurt, music from, as writer Greil Marcus termed it, “the old, weird America.” Having his car stolen may, in fact, be one of the best things that ever happened to Luke Winslow-King.

He was quickly accepted into the music theory program at the University of New Orleans, and was eventually awarded a prestigious scholarship to study Czech classical music at St. Charles University in Prague. But while Winslow-King is certainly a heavy-hitter in terms of musical knowledge, instrumental prowess and compositional ability, his approach to the music of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta is never dry, never academic. His compositions are not musicological set pieces, nor do they ever reek of the dusty utility of the affected and dolorous purist. Luke Winslow-King pulled off the considerable feat of creating something beautiful and unaffected and new from the plump and thickly intertwined history of the great American musics — New Orleans jazz and Mississippi Delta blues. On these gorgeous and glowing recordings made for Oxford Sounds, you’ll hear Luke Winslow-King — accompanied by the lovely washboard percussionist and back-up singer Esther Rose and double-bassist Cassidy Holden — deliver a number of tunes that reference ragtime, dixieland jazz, minstrel tunes, and 1920’s pop. That none of this music ever sounds even remotely like a revival act is testament to his considerable skill as a songwriter, arranger, guitarist and singer. The lyrical themes, too, harmonize with a 1920’s New Orleans aesthetic but they thankfully never veer into the execrable kitsch of, say, Leon Redbone or the ham-fisted hippie humorousness of early David Bromberg or Jerry Garcia solo records. Recorded by Andrew Ratcliffe at his superlative Tweed Recording Studio in Oxford, the session features several songs taken mainly from Winslow-King’s recently released album “The Coming Tide”. “Ragtime Millionaire” is as infectious as the title suggests, totally engaging. The song “The Coming Tide” is a real classic, simple and lovely, a wonderful and contagious tune with excellent accompaniment from Esther Rose. “Mississippi Slow Drag” is nothing short of stunning, though, a great ambling dance number delivered with faint ennui and replete with cool slide guitar phrases that recall the legendary Ry Cooder as well as that other under-heralded guru of pre-rock American guitar music, David Lindley. Of course, those guys got their licks from the Delta, too. ~Pat Cochran

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