He recently stopped by the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where Jimmy asked him about his debut single, “No Horse To Ride.”
Luke, who plays Kayce Dutton on the hit series Yellowstone,signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in December, and has been in Music City quite a bit writing and gearing up to put out a real deal record.
He’s actually been working with some of the best songwriters in the business, like Randy Montana, Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Osborne, Jon Randall, and Jessi Alexander, so it’s safe to say I don’t think the songwriting quality will be an issue with his music.
Luke has previously noted some of his inspirations as country greats like Johnny, Waylon, Willie and Merle, as well as great modern-day artists like Colter Wall, Ruston Kelly, Paul Cauthen, and the late, great Townes Van Zandt.
Luke started playing music as a kid in church, and it’s always been a passion of his. In fact, he says it was his first love before acting:
“I’ve always played music, music sort of came first. Yeah, I grew up in church, and have been playing music since I was 10 or 11 years old, and it’s just something I’ve always stuck with.
I was always in bands when I lived in LA, and someone kinda caught wind that I was writing some stuff, and one thing led to another, and I got a record deal, so here we are.”
And when Jimmy pressed him on the possibility of a full country album (which we already knew was in the works), Luke revealed he’s hitting the studio to record the finished songs he’s been writing next month, and the album should be out towards the end of March.
Which means, it’s all narrowed down and ready to go, he just has to lay down the vocals and have the engineers mix and polish it up:
“I start recording in February, should be out in probably end of March-ish.”
Say LESS, Luke.
I’m really looking forward to hearing all the other songs he has coming our way, as the aforementioned “No Horse To Ride” is super solid, with a simple, gritty production and quality lyrics. Plus, he has a great voice from what I’ve heard on that one tune.
Written by Grimes alongside Jonathan Singleton and Tony Lane, his debut single is a beautiful, acoustic driven song with the wail of a steel guitar in the background, as he sings about how he would be half the person he is now if it weren’t for his significant other.
Here’s that part of the interview with Jimmy where he talks about the record:
Make sure you give “No Horse To Ride” a listen, too, if you haven’t yet.
One of my immediate thoughts when I first heard to it was that it would sound great on Yellowstone, and actually, it was just featured on the mid-season finale Sunday Night:
Luke is also set to play at Stagecoach later this year, alongside his Yellowstone co-stars Ryan Bingham and Lainey Wilson.
And if you’re looking for the entire Yellowstone soundtrack, complete through all episodes of Season 5, then look no further.