Walker Lukens will gig at Firefly June 14 and June 17.
Firefly officially launches June 15-18. But unofficially, the first day of music is June 14 in the Northeast Hub in Dover where four acts will gig for one-hour sets each.
One of those performers is Texas’ Walker Lukens. He’ll play a second date at the festival at The Coffee House stage on June 17.
Lukens is a mishmash of indie rock, R&B and pop. His latest project is “Ain’t Got a Reason EP,” released in April. It features the gritty single “Where Is Thunder Road?”
That EP is a follow-up to the “Never Understood EP” from 2015. The record was produced by drummer Jon Eno of Spoon (a Firefly alum) after Lukens met him in a bar.
Their collaboration “Lifted” spent eight weeks on the specialty commercial radio charts, garnering Lukens spots at festivals across the country.
For those who may not be fans yet, describe your music in 10 words or less.
Blue-eyed soul from the future/original-gangasta’ Fleetwood Mac versus classic Fleetwood Mac.
Have you ever been to Delaware?
Last April, we played a bizarre and awesome private show in a warehouse outside of Dover. We spent the next day driving south to Virginia Beach. I heard that we missed out on a lot of beautiful beaches.
Who are a few of your favorite artists?
I like artists who swing for the fences, strike out occasionally, but get back up to bat often: David Bowie, Prince, Destroyer, Roberto Balano, Tom Waits, Serge Gainsbourg, Nina Simone.
What are some of the key sacrifices you've had to make to get to where you're at?
Quit hedging, go for broke (quite literally) and living my life like the U.S. will eventually become a Western European-style welfare state.
What's a question you wish more people would ask you?
I wish people would ask me what "Where Is Thunder Road?" is about.
What's something a lot of your fans don't know about you?
When they dance at our shows, they make me feel like a natural woman.