Luke Winslow-King will release a new album I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always on September 30. On I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, his fifth album and third for Bloodshot Records, Luke Winslow-King draws from a deep, dark creative well, turning heartbreak and divorce into an inspired soundtrack for picking up the pieces.
Electric and sentimentally raw, this album is part sonic travelogue, part handbook on navigating the stages of grief. It pulses through LWK’s geographical stomping grounds, starting with the pre-war jive of New Orleans, travelling the bloodlines that flow along the Mississippi River towards the Delta bottleneck-slide, and the funky meter of Memphis R&B. Further north, it takes a right for an infusion of greasy Chicago blues, and arrives at the headwaters of his birthplace in rural Michigan for some tell-‘em-like-it-is confessionals.
The album was written and recorded while Luke and his newly formed band were on a 2015 summer tour in Italy (and later finished in New Orleans’s Parlor Studios, mixed by Colin DuPuis, engineer for the Black Keys). The New Orleans-based polymath matches a technical wizardry with a thematic immediacy detailing a relationship in freefall. The songs unfold as diary entries put to his idiosyncratic blend of roots, pop and rock. It’s a Luke Winslow-King record unlike any he’s ever done; he’s found the light in the darkness and he’s plugging in and turning up to bare his soul. In support of I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always, Luke is already on the road performing around the U.S. and soon in Europe. Listen to "Heartsick Blues" below.
Singer-songwriter John Warden has been making and playing original music since he was a teen. Now 59, Warden says his songs are reflections of “where I was at the time,” and can be found on five of his albums, including Black Crow, whose title track is our featured Give A Listen. A sweet keys filled introduction leads the listener into the bluesy folk feel - reminiscent of the 1970’s – of “Black Crow” a song that ponders finding balance in this complex world. Give a Listen below.
"Black Crow does this life make sense to you
The way things are and the life we choose
I can’t understand the things that we do
Do you know all I need to know?"