Luke Winslow King

Luke Winslow King

Big Sadie

Thu, January 26, 2017

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets Available at the Door

Luke Winslow King
Luke Winslow King
Luke Winslow-King is a New Orleans-based guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter. His work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His alchemical songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from bygone eras producing a sound that is rustic and urbane, elegant and entirely his own. It is a sound that looks to the past to move to the future. This along with his burgundy voice, dapper attire and versatile guitar playing have earned him a reputation as a musician who delivers soulfully energetic and dynamic performances.

Originally from the northern Michigan town of Cadillac, LWK began studying and performing music at a young age. He started performing weekly in a local bar band at 14, formed The Winslow-King Blues Band at 16 and earned a diploma from the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, where he majored in jazz guitar.

He first came to Louisiana at age 19 and ended up staying there almost by chance; after only a few days in town, his car – filled to the brim with a band’s worth of instruments – was stolen while parked overnight on Ursulines Street in the Tremé. During the weeks spent trying to recover his vehicle and instruments LWK fell in love with the city that he now calls home.

After recording his first self-titled debut album in 2007, he continued paying his dues, busking on Royal Street during the day and working in the clubs on Frenchman Street at night.

In 2008, LWK recorded ‘Old New Baby’ mostly live at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. He learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutté, picked up bottleneck slide guitar watching blues maestro Roberto Luti, performed in John Sinclair's Blues Scholars, and immersed himself in the trad. jazz songbook while playing with Ben Polcer and The Loose Marbles Jazz Band. During this time he was also a member Meschiya Lake's Little Big Horns and is featured on her album Lucky Devil.

This non-stop woodshedding helped Winslow-King hone his sound and become a leader among the vibrant scene of young traditionalists in New Orleans. After performing years of weekly gigs on Frenchmen Street, he now consistently tours the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. In 2015, he was named “Best Blues Performer” in Gambit Magazine’s Best of New Orleans.

He joined the Bloodshot Records roster in 2013 with the release of The Coming Tide, and followed with 2014’s Everlasting Arms and 2016’s I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always.

Luke was married to his long time music partner Esther Rose King in December 2013, the couple divorced in October of 2015.
Big Sadie
Big Sadie
Elise Bergman and Collin Moore have been playing music together for over a decade. In those years, they have written dozens of songs and amassed an impressive repertoire of bluegrass, old-time, early country, and blues. Tasteful guitar flatpicking and a steady bass line and are layered with vocal harmonies so closely entwined that the pair’s voices have been likened to those of kin. Equally at home on a festival stage, in an auditorium hall, accompanying a dance, busking on a sidewalk, passing tunes around a circle, or in an intimate rock club, Big Sadie is an acoustic band with a modern yet timeless approach to American roots music.

Elise (upright bass and vocals) and Collin (guitar and vocals) both grew up surrounded by music. With roots spanning from the Midwest to the heart of Appalachia, their sound honors their heritage and is inspired by the rich musical histories of these places. Chicago native Elise Bergman brings a solid blues and folk influence to the group. Collin Moore is firmly planted in the bluegrass he started playing as a boy growing up in the hills of East Tennessee. He began learning tunes at an early age from his mother, an accomplished fiddler and ballad singer, and cut his teeth playing guitar, bass, and mandolin with various bluegrass bands in Tennessee and Montana. Over the years, Elise and Collin have collaborated with numerous string players and toured the Southeast, Midwest, and Northwest United States as a duo or as members of other projects.

Big Sadie earned its name in early 2014 when the duo teamed up with fiddler Jess McIntosh after a chance meeting at a Sunday afternoon old-time jam. The trio instantly bonded over shared influences and how seamlessly their playing and singing melded together. A proper band name seemed like an appropriate way to mark the new partnership and Big Sadie was born. Jess hails from Southeast Wisconsin and teaches fiddle at the Old Town School of Folk Music. A lifelong and versatile musician, she comfortably moves between genres and contributes a unique depth and energy when she appears with the duo.

Andy Malloy, a native Oklahoman and mainstay of Chicago's vibrant bluegrass scene, frequently lends his expressive banjo playing to the group. Multi-instrumentalist and music educator Matt Brown also regularly appears on fiddle in the Big Sadie lineup. Whether performing as a duo, trio, or a full band with twin fiddles, resonator banjo, and a mandolin or dobro, Big Sadie is defined by rustic yet sophisticated instrumental arrangements and rich, intricate harmonies. From original compositions and traditional tunes to renditions of rock songs filtered through their brand of bluegrass, Big Sadie’s music is simultaneously haunting, unifying, and uplifting.

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The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642