Young Man, Old Soul
Whew! May! How did that happen so fast!?
I was so very lucky to be interviewed by the Greenville Journal this month, thank you Vincent Harris for such a cool article. If you missed it, there is a link on my website.
The Patreon site is beginning to grow, and I'm so very grateful! I hope everyone is enjoying the "backstage pass" and release previews! If there's something you'd like to see, let me know and we'll try to figure it out.
I got to play at two new venues 185 King Street in Brevard, and Wendell's in Anderson. Both were a blast, but the amount of dancing at Wendell's made it super cool!
I'm headed back to Nashville on Sunday, to write again on Monday.
That'll be a week to remember, write in Nashville Monday, graduate high school on Saturday!
Don't forget the annual party on Lake Hartwell is still on, it's just happening on Sunday the 29th this year so I can graduate on Saturday. I look forward to seeing everyone at the shows!
WB4RGO- released 5/11 written for a very special friend and veteran.
BREAK IT, YOU BUY IT – releases 5/18
DEUCES WILD – released 5/25
COWBOYS AND DREAMERS – releases 6/1
There are 5 more songs in the works, and I’ll let you know when they are releasing!
I appreciate the likes, shares, and follows, the encouragement and support, and helping make my music possible!
The last few weeks have been as busy as ever! Another trip to Nashville and another write with Brian Maher. A fantastic song came out of it and I’m sure learning a lot! I got to get on stage at Laylas again and sing a couple songs, as well as talk with Larry Cordle while we were at the Station Inn. I also got to watch Ashley Campbell (Glen Campbell’s daughter) perform Gentle On My Mind with Carl Jackson. There is a video on my You Tube page. The release of “Loud Pipes Save Lives” was so much fun and to be able to play Chrome Night for the release was unreal. The song is about the dangers of distracted driving and looking out for our two wheeled friends.
Speaking of new releases, there are 8 more songs either ready or in process for release from now through July.
5/18 – Break It You Buy It
5/25 – Deuces Wild
The calendar in May is full so please check the webpage for updates. Another trip to Nashville in May and looking forward to writing a lot between now and then.
Looks like I’m going to graduate in May, but I’m really looking forward to everything else that’s going on.
I got a call this week, and have been invited to play a few songs at the opening of the SC Music Hall of Fame inductions on June 3rd. I’ll be leaving fairly quickly to make sure I fulfill the current booked event, and I appreciate Southernside Brewing, moving our start time back to give me a little cushion!
As always, likes, shares, follows and tagging LukeDeuceMusic is so appreciated. Streams and listens to my song on the net, and seeing you all at live shows, THANK YOU!!!!!
Thank you all again for supporting and sharing this journey!
What a month march has been!
I want to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes, gifts and those that were able, to be there at the Chattooga River Lodge that weekend! I hope everyone had as great a time as I did! The food was terrific, the venue was so cool, but I got play music with some of the dearest people in my life. I’m so grateful, and I’ll never forget it.
Blood Ain’t Thicker Than Lies released March 9th and I appreciate all the likes, shares, listens and streams! Writing has become such a big part of this journey, and I can’t thank Nick Nichols enough. I write at least twice a week, with Nick, Kent Maxon, and yep sometimes dad.
Be on the lookout for more new music, we have three songs in production for release soon, and more to follow.
Upstate Music Awards are April 2nd at the Peace Center, and I can’t say how overwhelmed I am to have the chance to walk the “red carpet” One Night Man is a finalist for best new single, and I owe that thanks to all of you…..thank you!
March Nashville trip was just unreal. I went to Mr. Stegall’s office and met Brian Maher…..look up Brian Maher….wow. I have a co-write with Brian Maher….wow, still seems unreal to say it. Brian was so much fun, made me feel at home, and we wrote a really, really good song! I can’t thank him enough for making me feel at ease, in a world so foreign to me.
I also got to go to the Station Inn and meet the iconic Larry Cordle! One day, someday, I’d like to play there!
I’m looking forward to playing some exciting shows in April, new music, and of course another trip Nashville.
Thank you so much for the support, encouragement and listening to my music!
As many of you know, Luke has been in conversation with a group of people we have referred to as the “Nashville” guys since last April. Throughout the year e-mails and conference calls have taken place with various entities, but much has hinged upon meeting with music icon Keith Stegall. It’s taken us a few days to absorb everything, and know how, what to share…….
Mr. Stegall is a writer, artist, and producer. He is a CMA producer of the decade. Grammy’s, CMA’s, Gold Records cover every wall of his offices. The list of household names that he has worked with includes Alan Jackson, George Strait, Zac Brown, Randy Travis, George Jones and the list goes on and on.
During the first week of February, Luke was invited to visit Nashville, and finally meet face to face with Mr. Stegall. I’ve never seen Luke more nervous. It was hard to not be star struck in this environment, and we listened carefully to conversations about Nashville legends. As we settled in, an interview process began. Luke answered Mr. Stegall’s questions, smiled a lot, and stayed true to himself throughout the meeting. Luke was asked to get his guitar, and play. After a couple songs, Mr. Stegall gave Luke some pointers, and played a song for Luke. After the of the song, Mr. Stegall stood, invited Luke “into his house”, offering the opportunity to begin coming to Nashville once a month and working him and his team. After the meeting we went down to Layla’s. During a break, I asked the lead singer if Luke could sing one. He said, “after 35 years of doing this, and that going wrong so many times, why would I do that?” I said, “he just left a meeting with Keith Stegall, and will be back once a month to work with him.” Without a word he walked over to Luke and asked him to sing one. One turned into 3, a Whitley, a Waylon and a Vern Gosdin. An open invitation for Luke to sit was extended. I look forward to going back!
What this means-
The enormity of this opportunity is hard to conceive. Established writers and musicians with number one songs, don’t get meetings in this office. And the line of talent that would give anything for a chance like this, well, we know this is a blessing!
This is a HUGE step in a journey, not a destination, nor an arrival. The hard work that been done…is done, much more hard work will be required from here. There is great reason for celebration, but it’s also time to reaffirm dedication and conviction.
Luke is not “signed” with anyone. It’s hard to know even what that means in a very rapidly changing music industry. Streaming music doesn’t equal album sales.
Luke will continue to play as many shows as he can this year. It’s part of the passion, it’s part of the hard work, and it’s how he’ll fund himself. These trips to Nashville aren’t free!
21k+ monthly listeners on Spotify, 1000 monthly followers, 3 songs now over 11k streams! That’s a huge month! Two new songs will be released in the next couple weeks, thanks to Nick Nichols for the co-writes!
Thank you to everyone for showing up, showing out and sharing!
Thank you to Mike Richardson and Alan Kates for the introductions and believing!
We know He is at work here, and we give thanks to Him!
PS- there’s a birthday on March 4th.