Say LESS, Luke…
Yellowstone’s Luke Grimes confirmed back in September that he was working on his debut, full country album, then told Jimmy Fallon earlier this year that he was heading to the studio to record this month, and that he’d likely have the project ready by sometime March.
We also already know that he’s been writing with some of 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, and that immediately piqued my interest, so I’ve been really excited to hear what he’s been cookin’ up.
He officially inked a deal with Universal Music Group Nashville at the end of 2022, and today, he updated fans on Instagram, saying new tunes were in our very near future, in addition to sharing a shot from the studio:
“new music coming very soon…”
Sounds like he could potentially be gearing up to officially announce the project and share all the details:
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.
He 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.”
He dropped his first single “No Horse To Ride” last December, and it’s 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.
Stay tuned, it sounds like there’s a lot more news to come here, and I can hardly wait to hear it…
“No Horse To Ride”