CADILLAC - Cadillac native Luke Winslow-King moved to New Orleans to tap its rich musical heritage, and soon he’ll show off what he learned with a local show, playing a free St. Patrick’s Day concert at The Timbers Tuesday night.
The Luke Winslow-King Trio includes Jason Jurzak on sousaphone, and Richie Levinson on washboard. They’ll take the oompah to a variety of Michigan venues later this month, including The Circus in Ann Arbor on the 18th, Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo on the 19th, and Lansing’s Ten Pound Fiddle on the 20th.
The tour supports his new CD, "Old/New Baby," which is an intriguing collection of 15 original songs that give traditional New Orleans music a contemporary flavor. The CD features Rick Trolsen of Bonarama, bottle-neck maestro Roberti Luti, and members of the Loose Marbles Jazz Band.
"It’s like old-time New Orleans jazz, but with original songs," Winslow-King said.
The CD includes the song, "Below." Winslow-King crafted the tune using a note left by an angry downstairs neighbor who was concerned about water dripping from the ceiling.
Tuesday’s show promises a few tracks from the CD, augmented by Mississippi blues, rags, waltzes, struts and wobbles.
Winslow-King studied classical music at the Interlochen Arts Academy and University of New Orleans. In the Crescent City he collaborates with soul singer John Boutte, The Loose Marbles, and Grammy nominated avant-garde composer "Blue" Gene Tyranny.
Winslow-King has big hopes for the CD, with some radio promotion and electronic distribution in place in New York City.
"It’s exciting," Winslow-King said.
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