Luke Winslow-King is a career guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter whose fifth studio album ‘Blue Mesa’ will be released in May 2018, following 2016's ‘I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always’ (Bloodshot Records). On Blue Mesa, Winslow-King strides between various forms of American music, from powerful electric blues numbers to stripped down folk songs and country blues toe-tappers to fiery rock 'n roll anthems. All the while, he allows ample space for his songwriting - even further crystallized and road tested on this release - to shine brilliantly. On stage, Winslow-King is undeniably smooth, soulful and dynamic, all while seamlessly weaving together a diverse set of songs that are bound to engage fans of both traditional and contemporary roots, blues and rock & roll.
Born and raised in the Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, Luke moved to New Orleans at 19 and spent the next 15 years fully immersing himself in the musical waters that flow through there, but no matter where he goes, the current of the New Orleans still tugs at his music. The sweaty riffs of “Thought I Heard You” are as hot as the beer is cold and the syncopated horns on “Chicken Dinner” are a big, playful flirtation. The psychedelic swamp boogie of “Leghorn Women” brims with charm, both suave and sinister, while the Tom-Petty-on-the-levee vibe of “Born to Roam” makes it a classic-in-the-making road trip anthem.
Tami Neilson won’t be staying New Zealand’s secret for much longer. For the past decade, the Canadian-born, New Zealand-based singer/songwriter has been the queen of her adopted homeland’s country and roots music scenes. Now the award-winning singer has delivered a dynamic set of twangy rock’n’soul music, SASSAFRASS! due 1st June on Outside Music.
On SASSAFRASS! she places a heavier emphasis on soul music while not abandoning her country and rockabilly roots. Neilson conjures up a wonderfully retro style that sounds like it could be a lost gem from the late ’50s or early ’60s; however, beneath the classic veneer are frank, highly relevant lyrics.
Sassafrass, a slang word for a sassy person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, serves as a perfect title for this album. Neilson characterizes her new album as a “mouthy lovechild of the current social climate and my own experiences as a woman, mother and daughter” and she certainly comes out smoking. The sassy, brassy soul lead-off track, “Stay Outta My Business” finds her fighting back at trash-talkers in splendidly defiant, hip-shaking fashion. The tune “Bananas” might initially sound like an amusing slice of tropical exotica, but its message pokes fun at gender inequality. Similarly, “Kitty Cat” comes off as a rollicking rockabilly rave-up on first listen, but its moral is a reminder that men can’t own a woman’s “kitty cat.” With its timeless sound and timely lyrics, SASSAFRASS! provides a fantastic introduction to Tami Neilson, whose vibrant musical style blurs the lines of genre and eras, like a soundtrack curated for a Quentin Tarantino film.
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