And while, Luke has primarily told his stories through the voices of others, he’s taking the opportunity now to tell his own… and it’s one helluva a story.
Raised in Oklahoma, a cornerstone of Luke’s childhood was a place called the Red Dog in Oklahoma City, and no, the Red Dog is not a day care center. It’s a topless bar where Luke’s mother worked while she was raising him.
Luke recently released a documentary about the Red Dog, and last week, released an album to accompany the film. Featuring Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby and more, the soundtrack helps guide the story of the film.
“This soundtrack is directly inspired by the lives and characters in my documentary. For over 10 years, I interviewed my mother, fathers, dancers, musicians, cops and even some ghosts about the infamous Oklahoma City topless bar. They worked there, led their young lives there and most of them lived to tell the tale. I’m forever thankful to those who shared their memories, as it is somewhat of an origin story for me.”
It’s been a long, long road for all these songs to travel. The concepts for the songs originated through so many personal experiences – through lives and hearts – and come out the other side of my weird brain. I am extremely proud of every single note of this music. The record reflects the history of real people, wrapped up in backbeats and ballads, presented through swagger and sadness. On top of it all, it encapsulates joy, pain, hope and laughter.”
And now today, Luke premieres the “Garage Session” music video for “Polyester,” an inspiring, biographical tune about a so-called “trailer park hero” that made himself a future when the odds were stacked against him. The album cut also features the very talented Miranda Lambert.
Here’s the full studio version featuring Miranda Lambert.