Heartbreak hurts, but it can also be the inspiration of terrific songwriting. Luke Winslow-King had to go through some heartbreak when his partner and band-member left him last year. And when you have the blues, when you feel the blues, you play the blues. At least that’s what Luke did and it resulted in a terrific album that’s firmly nestled in blues.
And it’s this blues that Luke Winslow-King brings with him to Vanslag in Borger. On February 14… Valentine’s Day no less. A lovely mix of love gone by and strong surviving love, as Luke’s love for the Vanslag venue -this is his fourth visit- is strong and so is the audience’s love for Luke.
Straight from the start it’s clear that the band will play a strong blues-orientated gig. The combination of Luke and Roberto Luti on guitars is fantastic and the rhythm section is top notch. All blues with proper jamming, fantastic solos and a grooving rhythm. The band was clearly enjoying themselves on stage and so was the (dancing) audience. You can’t ask for much more.
However we did get more. Or give more… the interaction between Luke and audience was absolutely fantastic and when Luke asked the audience to sing along or to sing in response, the audience gladly did so and with gusto. It worked very well in the church and did lift the concert up a few notches.
The lyrics of the new songs are drenched with dealing with the heartache, the music is strong and the fierceness of the band shows Luke came out at the other side strong and determined. The band is simply a joy to watch.
It’s been a little over two years since I saw Luke and band. Back then also via Roots on the Road in Vanslag and that was in a very different setting. Far more jazzy and old style blues. When the band slowed down, or when Luke played a song on his own, this shone through a bit and added balance to the strong blues set. Superb gig!