If Ray Lamontagne was a little less pretentious and a lot more hip he'd echo the multi-threat, blues-country-rock stylings of Luke Winslow-King. With a little gravel in his voice, some poison and playfulness in his pen and a mean slide guitar at his fingertips, the Delta blues influence he honed during his time in New Orleans is clearly evident. But a deeper peek is like a trip from the upper Midwest south to the Gulf of Mexico. Winslow-King crafts a tasty blend of his Cadillac, Mich. roots rock with Chicago blues, Memphis R&B and a dose of Nashville country as well as that distinctive New Orleans sound.
On his fifth album, Winslow-King offers a tight self-penned nine songs that reflect Winslow-King's varied influences. "Heartsick Blues" is a Hank Williams throwback, complete with not-so-veiled references to several Hank standards. There's the Sunday morning spiritual feeling of "On My Way," roots rock vibe of "Louisiana Blues" and "Change Your Mind." While Winslow-King may not be the most soulful singer there's still unmistakable passion in "Watch Me Go."
Winslow-King's varied influences are fully on display - along with his masterful guitar work - on the sweaty, pulsing Delta-tinged title song.
The liner notes speak to the themes of Winslow-King's love, loss, heartache and victories. And in a time of great uncertainty, it's a bit comforting to know they won't last always.