Luke Asher

Luke Asher


Luke's gentle baritone voice contains small hints of soul and country yet is too elusive for either classification. His delivery, like a good stage actor, doles out shades of emotion in measured scoops as he sings in first-person narration dealing with loss, ambiguity, faith or the lack thereof


People will wonder where he came from. Why and how this guy could come out of nowhere and display, in his first record, lyrical immediacy and scab-picking honesty without indulging in melodramatic, maudlin techniques that telegraph to the listener, "Here I am - and I'm being earnest. No, really."

Other people will think they know where Luke Asher and his new record, Don't Leave So Early, came from. They'll think he came from the house of Nick Drake down Leonard Cohen Avenue, picking up a soda pop from Duncan Sheik's five-and-dime on his way to the town square where the ghost of Hank Williams tells all the kids that Ron Sexton's self-titled album was his best and that he loves what Okkervil River has been up to.

Others will say he came from a kickin', under-rated Louisville music scene, nurtured by a label (Pink Bullet Recordings) that knows how to build partnerships with their artists, and a record producer who happens to be one of the favored sons of the Louisville scene, Jamie Barnes. These people won't be wrong, but the others aren't necessarily crazy.


Don't Leave So Early - 2008 Pink Bullet Recordings