Fred LeBlanc fronts Cowboy Mouth at City Winery on May 18, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
The nascent City Winery in DC’s Ivy City is an intimate 300-seat cabaret-style performance space that delivers a high-end combination of culinary and cultural experiences to patrons who are passionate about sharing wine, music, and culinary arts.
That is until New Orleans-based Cowboy Mouth came to town over the weekend, and all that went shit.
Luke Winslow-King performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on May 10, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Heading into Luke Winslow-King’s show Thursday at the Pearl Street Warehouse, I was interested to observe the crowd reaction. Earlier that day, I’d written a review of his new album, Blue Mesa, published on Friday by Bloodshot Records. On Luke’s previous previous five albums, he’d played entirely acoustic, a mix of traditional styles — blues, jazz, ragtime, pre-war folk. On Blue Mesa, Luke goes electric, moving in a more blues and roots rock direction. The photographer that accompanied me to the show noticed the difference, describing Luke’s style as more “rockabilly.”