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L Cline

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

New York City, NY | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Alternative Fusion


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"Lukas Papenfusscline brings big voice to two venues in Monterey."

"No matter the genre or the coast, Lukas Papenfusscline brings some serious pipes."
"That resonant voice, delivered from his gut and tuned in his throat, drives the song “Pharoah”" - Monterey County Weekly

"lukas papenfusscline - all will be well, etc."

"his approach to traditional music and jazz standards is vocally centered, and steeped in ancient melody ... his classicist approach to the original american forms of music is refreshing, and a rare type of contribution for MFOA." - the modern folk music of america

"More Music"

He’s got a wonderfully expressive voice that indeed sounds like it’s straight out of hill country. - New Times SLO

"Dirty River String Band - Skin and Bones (Live in the Crane Room)"

"Lukas Papenfusscline remains (to go along with the train imagery of their performance) the locomotive of the group, driving each song home with an Appalachian wail that can only be described as aggressively charming. Rounding out the quartet are sophomore Conor Hearn on guitar and senior Chris Finis on bass, each providing some seriously good solo work when called upon by Papenfusscline." - Melisma Magazine


"Papenfusscline sings with sure-voiced confidence and he captures his character's urgency for a better life." - Edge Providence

"Old Country Blues by the Dirty River String Band"

Review of Papenfusscline original "Old Country Blues" as recorded by the Dirty River String Band:

"with ... harmonies and some interesting chord progressions too. This is produced very, very well indeed: each instrument simultaneously sings alone whilst playing a part in the overall sound. The band play with a great energy and rhythm, it takes you a while to realise that there are no drums, just a whole load of strings. And my does it work well." - Searching through the drivel

"Come One, Come All, to the Liars and Believers’ Spectacle: “Icarus”"

"Lukas Papenfusscline makes hearts swoon as the lovelorn Icarus, toting around a guitar while singing lovely ballads." - Emertainment Monthly


Didn’t Come From the River EP - 2015


                                 Poor Ellen Smith
                                 Wayfaring Stranger
                                 The Day is Past

All Will Be Well, etc.: Live from the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA - 2015


                                 Climbing High Mountains
                                 Pretty Fair Damsel
                                 Man or Woman You
                                 The Thrill is Gone (with Ran Blake)
                                 You Are My Sunshine
                                 Cold Mountains
                                 I Got it Bad


Feeling a bit camera shy


Specializing in the modern and nuanced sounds of mountains, folksinger Lukas Papenfusscline hails from Northern California and digs through deep folk and roots recordings and recomposes traditional songs with fresh harmonies, adapted stories, and haunted, soaring vocal lines. His background in classical, jazz, and world music elevates his folk to the avant-garde, subtle, and complex, while maintaining the simple energy that has driven folkroots for centuries. 

Lukas is a performance artist you must see live; also an accomplished actor, he has a riveting stage presence and an intense passion as he sings. Constantly pushing the boundaries of performance practice, Lukas collaborates with a number of interdisciplinary artists and brings this work to his own music. 

Ran Blake, the celebrated Third Stream pianist, is a mentor, collaborator, and close friend who writes that “Lukas is among the best vocalists of our time with an ear for progressive harmony. He can sing several types of American folk music, and has great sensitivity when approaching jazz. This is an artist who doesn't fit into any one category.” 

Lukas can be heard as a soloist with his harmonium and banjo, or with a full band, amplifying his arrangements with guitar, drums, keys, cello, and other sounds. 

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