A little while ago, alt-pop singer-songwriter Walker Lukens
stopped by the Baeble office for one of our NEXT sessions, and the results were pretty fantastic. In the beginning of the session, Lukens explains that while he usually performs with a full, five-piece band to really represent his sound, he's about to return to where he started, playing solo with his collection of pedals and electronic gear. Creating fuller, more lush sounds with loopers and effects, Walker plays through a few of his own songs, including "Year of the Dog," "Every Night," and "Simple Man," as well as an electronically-tinged Howlin' Wolf cover, "Who's Been Talkin'." Between songs, Lukens talks about being in the music scene in his current city, Austin, Texas, his newest classic rock-influenced EP Ain't Got a Reason
, and what it was like to attend and perform at Bonnaroo for the first time.
You can definitely hear the blues, classic rock, and soul influences in all of Walker Lukens' music. His approach to performing solo also adds another interesting layer of experimental electronica, creating a unique blends of sounds and influences that comes through clearly in the NEXT session. Creative uses of reverb, delay, looping huffing breaths and mic taps, and trippy vocal layering all serve to embellish Lukens' nostalgic pop songwriting in new and unexpected ways.