Walker Lukens has teamed up with American Songwriter to exclusively premiere his new single “Simple Man” today! Produced by Jim Eno of Spoon, “Simple Man” is the second single to release off of Walker’s new Ain’t Got A Reason EP, which is set to drop on April 7th via Modern Outsider Records.
Listen to “Simple Man” via American Songwriter, here.
Walker Lukens has been called “one of the best songwriters in Texas” (Free Press Houston.) The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called “wonderfully inventive” (NPR World Cafe,) a “non-sexually intimidating version of Prince’” (Austin Chronicle,) and a “veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions” (Indy Week). Walker thinks its important that you realize his name is not Walter.
In 2013, Walker released his first full length record Devoted, garnering praise from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard. The word spread far and wide, taking Lukens all over the US with his backing band The Side Arms, made up of Kyle Vonderau (guitar), Zac Catanzaro (drums, percussion), Mckenzie Griffin (vocals, keyboard, percussion), and Grant Himmler (bass, vocals).
After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music at with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, ‘Every Night,’ has been streamed over a million times now. Their second collaboration, ‘Lifted’ from Never Understood EP (Modern Outsider) spent 11 weeks in total on the specialty commercial radio charts, including 5 weeks in the Top 5 and 3 weeks at #1!
** = w/ Hamilton Leithauser
Apr 1-2 – Houston, TX @ Whatever Fest
May 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Fest
May 9 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk**
May 10 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater**
May 11 – Houston, TX @ Heights Theater**
May 12 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks**
Jun 14-16 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival