Good folk music is not supposed to be perfect, right? What we love the most about artists like Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Joan Baez is the fact that they are a little rough around the edges or in some cases very rough. When I first started listening to Brandon Luedtke‘s debut album, Morning Light, I had no idea where it was headed. After the second song, “The Cuckoo Bird”, which is a traditional folk song with his personal twist, his style follows his own take on the folk genre.
His sound reminded me a little of the aforementioned Pete Seeger equipped with a slight slur and instrumental breaks that would remind some as “Dylan-esque” with a dash of blues. What I started to realize as I continued to listen was that although some of his lyrics are unorthodox or strange on the surface and, even at times a little silly, Luedtke‘s personality is genuine. The more you listen to Morning Light the further you are charmed.
Morning Light is folk as it should be. Brandon Luedtke is not an artist trying to popularize folk, instead he is letting the genre become him and the end result is impossible not to love if you are a true fan of folk music. There are some artists who you can just tell love the music they make a little more than the rest and Brandon Luedtke is one of those artists. A must listen for Americana lovers everywhere.
The album officially releases today, June 23, 2017. You can take a preview listen on his website (HERE) and snag a copy while you are there.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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