Up-and-coming country troubadour Luke Bell releases his self-titled album on November 11th on Bill Hill Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) at The Bomb Shelter studio in East Nashville, the album emphatically puts Bell in the vanguard of traditionally rooted contemporary writer/artists. A critical hit stateside, it has been rated one of Rolling Stone’s top albums of the year so far.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
From Cody, Wyoming. Dropped out of school at 21 and travelled a bit which took me to Nashville. Been playing at Santa’s on Sundays, working on music, and hanging with good folks.
How would you describe your music?
Modern Country Music with traditional sensibilities
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
What are you currently promoting?
“Where Ya Been” and a line of Christmas ornaments 😉
Have you got a particular song you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of, one that might define you?
What are you currently listening to?
Sonny Boy Williamson, Balfa Brothers, Aerosmith’s ‘Back In The Saddle’.
And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn’t do without?
Tough question, Ernest Tubbs ‘Live At The Spanish Castle’
What are your hopes for your future career?
Pay My Water Bill
If money were no object what would be your dream project?
Chuck Wagon Tour
What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Free cheap beer.
And the worst?
Free fancy beer.
Finally, have you anything you’d like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
Looking forward to crossing the big pond.