With a voice like honey and a flair for vintage blues, Luke Winslow-King brings the sound of a bygone era to stages all over Frenchmen Street. Permeating his tunes with an eclectic mix of pre-war jazz, ragtime, classical composition, Delta folk and more, he alternates slide guitar with a rusty croon that has charmed audiences in dance halls, juke joints, empty barns and festivals across the US. He’s shared the stage with the likes of “Washboard” Chaz Leary, Paul Sanchez, Jack White, John Boutte and more, and shows no signs of slowing down in 2013 — coming hot off an international tour, he’s poised to take the northern US by storm this spring.
If you’re looking for a slice of vintage Americana as the soundtrack to your lazy Frenchmen afternoon, you couldn’t do better than a pint of Abita and Winslow-King’s weekly performances at the Spotted Cat. He also regularly appears at d.b.a. and Three Muses, along with washboardist/singer Esther Rose, bassist Cassidy Holden, and trumpeter Ben Polcer.