Luke Bell’s new single ‘Where Ya Been’ is now available to stream and is available for instant download with pre-orders of his self-titled album (available 11th November).
“A rough-around-the-edges return to country traditionalism, full of honky-tonk shuffles, steel solos and the big, booming baritone of a former ranch hand who’s actually lived the cowboy lifestyle” Rolling Stone
“…his music sounds like you could have heard it in the same honky tonk Hank Williams used to play” The Fader
“Luke Bell has a classic, brassy country voice that conjures images of both dimples and tears in a beer” NPR Music
‘Where Ya Been’ is the new single from up-and-coming country troubadour Luke Bell, listen on Spotify here. Lifted from his self-titled new album out November 11 on Bill Hill Records / Thirty Tigers, ‘Where Ya Been’ was premiered by Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) at The Bomb Shelter studio in East Nashville, ‘Luke Bell’ emphatically puts its creator in the vanguard of traditionally rooted contemporary writer/artists. A critical hit stateside, it has been rated one of Rolling Stone’s top albums of the year so far.
A fifth-generation descendant of Wyoming homesteaders, former ranch hand Luke Bell has seen a lot of life in his 26 years, and his self-titled album serves as a rollicking document of his experiences. The record is teeming with colourful characters, captured in hardscrabble yarns of living hard and drinking harder, making bad choices and laughing them off. There’s a little bit of their author in each of these flawed but redeemable characters—and at a time when authenticity is in short supply, Bell has come along to remind us what it feels like to be truly alive and open to the possibilities of existence in a captivating album that puts the cowboy back into country & western.
Rolling Stone stated that “Bell’s shows are welcome excuses to click your boots and down an extra sniff of bourbon. And songs like ‘Sometimes’ are such uncanny time warps they almost make his sets appear in Technicolor.”
Paste Magazine reviewed Bell’s performance at the inaugural Daytrotter Downs festival and said “I’d believe it if you said he was a hologram of one of the country heroes of the past. Then again, no hologram could’ve gotten a whole room honky-tonking like every single one of us had been raised in cowboy boots. In a word? Authentic.”
Luke appeared at Bonnaroo and Stagecoach Festivals last summer and is currently on a headline US tour. Stand by for news of his debut UK shows.