Walker Lukens is continuing his “Summer of Love” with a brand new music video for his single “Baby." In June, Walker set up a photo booth outside of his favorite local bar, Cheer Up Charlies, and played “Baby” for fans before it was officially released.
Speaking to the video, Walker said, “I thought doing this was gonna be a bunch of laughs, but it turns watching a lot of people having fun with their friends and significant others is very touching. Maybe I should do weddings.”
On August 18, Walker will perform at Antone’s on August 18 with Future Thieves. He will bring along his Song Confessional, a mobile recording booth where music fans' experiences and ideas inspire top-notch songwriters to make original songs. The songs are professionally recorded on the spot and later pressed to a one of a kind seven-inch vinyl record for the fans to take home. Song Confessional guests for the Austin show include: Calliope Musicals, Croy and the Boys, Hard Proof, Lola Tried, Middlespoon, Namesayers, Pope Coke, and Tameca Jones.
Walker 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).
Last year, Walker Lukens released Tell It To The Judge via Modern Outsider Records. Produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, the record brings together some of Walker’s most prominent tracks to date, such as “Every Night” and “Lifted”, with new tunes for fans to enjoy. The album is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon. He recently releaseD a music video for “Never Understood” on Culture Collide.
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!
August 11 – Houston, TX @ Continental Club
August 18 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
August 25 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
September 6 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop
September 7 – Birmingham, AL @ TrimTab Brewing
September 8 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
September 9 – St. Louis, MO @ LouFest 2018
September 10 – Nashville, TN @ EXIT / IN
September 12 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
September 13 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
September 28 – Dallas TX @ Club Dada