Soulful, passionate, and sincere are the words used most frequently when describing Portland-raised Lightnin' Luke. Singer, songwriter, and violinist, Luke's bluesy vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and wild fiddle playing have made him a versatile musical force in the Rose City’s thriving roots scene. Whether it be as a solo folk and blues singer-songwriter, or in front of his high energy, roots-driven backing band, "the Downpour," or as a fiddler in country and folk bands around the West Coast, Lightnin' Luke gets audience’s emotions running high in every show he performs.
Trained classically on the violin at a young age, Luke played his first show at The Satyricon, the legendary Portland dive, when he was just 14 years-old. During high school, he fronted the Backyard Blues Boys, performing at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival and throughout the Northwest. He went on to study jazz at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Now based back in his hometown, Luke maintains a busy touring schedule. His most recent release, an EP named “Tired of Singing Love Songs,” was released in December 2016 and is available now.