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Luke Winslow~King
I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Sept. 30th, 2016)

Luke Winslow~King — I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Sept. 30th, 2016)

 Luke Winslow~King — I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Sept. 30th, 2016)  Luke Winslow~King — I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Sept. 30th, 2016)••   Versatile Michigan~born singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter, steeped in traditional blues, jazz, and folk sounds.
Born: March 12, 1983, Cadillac, Indiana
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre: Pop/Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz
Album release: Sept. 30th, 2016
Record Label: Bloodshot Records
Duration:     37:56
1 On My Way     3:43  
2 I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always     4:17  
3 Change Your Mind     3:31  
4 Heartsick Blues     3:42  
5 Esther Please     4:38  
6 Watch Me Go     4:43  
7 Act Like You Love Me     3:14  
8 Louisiana Blues     5:00  
9 No More Crying Today     5:08
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming;  Score: ****
••   It’s a given that breaking up with your spouse is going to put you through some changes, and it’s clear Luke Winslow~King knows all about that. Winslow~King used to be married to vocalist Esther Rose, who was his partner in music as well as life, but the couple divorced in October 2015, and Winslow~King’s romantic troubles clearly inspired many of the songs on 2016’s I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always. That one is called “Esther Please” is a big giveaway, but the dedication to his ex is the real tip~off, along with the note, “Thank you for helping me to better understand the true nature of love and loss.” In a word: Ouch! There’s a certain amount of heartache and strife in I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, but there are plenty of really fine songs too, and the inspiration has helped him make perhaps his best album to date. The material on I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always sounds tougher and harder~edged than 2014’s Everlasting Arms, with Winslow~King’s guitar work gaining some bite over the space of two years. And the retro approach of his earlier work has given way to a more modern attack here, though he’s still clearly learned a lot from the masters of the blues. “On My Way,” “Change Your Mind,” and “Watch Me Go” are steeped in classic soul as well as vintage blues, and Winslow~King nails the thin line between sorrow and bitterness, while his vocals are impassioned and direct without going over the top. (However, “Act Like You Love Me” suggests he may have forgiven but he sure hasn’t forgotten.) And Winslow~King put together a killer band for these sessions, with bassist Brennan Andes, drummer Benji Bohannon, and keyboard man Mike Lynch keeping the soulful flavors strong throughout. I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always isn’t Luke Winslow~King’s happiest album by a long shot, but it feels like his best so far, and finds him expanding his musical horizons without losing any ground along the way. This is a top~shelf exercise in soulful blues with plenty to say to the lovelorn and the satisfied alike.
••   2008: Luke Winslow King (Fox on a Hill Records)
••   2009: Old/New Baby (Fox on a Hill Records)
••   2013: The Coming Tide (Bloodshot Records)
••   2014: Everlasting Arms (Bloodshot Records)
••   2016: I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Bloodshot Records)
♣   2011: American Songwriter’s Writer of the Week
♣   2014: Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards — nominee for Best Blues Performer
Bandcamp: https://lukewinslowking.bandcamp.com/album/im-glad-trouble-dont-last-always
Website: http://www.lukewinslowking.com/

Luke Winslow~King
I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Sept. 30th, 2016)