Luke Winslow-King, Big Sadie | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., Jan. 26, 9 p.m. 2017

With September’s I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Bloodshot) New Orleans singer Luke Winslow-King made a breakup record that doubles as therapy. On it he calls out his ex-wife and onetime band member vocalist Esther Rose by name while tracing the dissolution of their marriage—he also dedicates the record to her in the liner notes with a Zen-like resolve (“I wish you well”). On “Change Your Mind” Winslow-King refers to the brief stint he spent in solitary confinement on drug charges and how following his release he discovered his wife’s infidelities. And while other tunes chronicle their extended struggle to save the relationship, “Louisiana Blues”—which evokes the shape and tone of a Howlin’ Wolf song—veers into the novelistic as the narrator promises to obtain a gun because “I heard your other man got one.” The blues has always been an important ingredient in Winslow-King’s music—colliding with bits of trad jazz, country pop, and R&B—but here it takes on a more prominent role, which feels fitting given the subject matter. Still, in the hands of his adept band the end result veers closer to Ry Cooder and Little Feat than Muddy Waters and Otis Rush.

Peter Margasak

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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