Self-described “neon grunge” artist Lukr is making his debut Motor City performance at PJ’s Lager House on October 10th. Fresh on the heels of his freshman offering (the post-genre EP Sunstead), this appearance joins a run of shows in select US cities. Notably missing from the list? His homebase of Nashville, Tennessee.
With well over 10 million streams on his Spotify channel, the independent singer-songwriter-producer (born Luke R Foley) makes music that connects with people around the globe, seemingly everywhere — everywhere except for in “Music City, USA”, his adopted hometown of over 7 years.
“I haven’t played a proper show in Nashville in 2019. It doesn’t seem to be worth the effort right now,” he explains. “[Nashville] doesn’t even break into my top 50 cities on Spotify. I can’t get their attention, so I’m giving all of mine on the towns where people actually listen to my music.”
With comparisons to “old Kanye”, Dashboard Confessional, 21 Pilots and Ms. Lauryn Hill, it’s not much wonder that this post-genre alternative artist has struggled to track in country music’s capitol. Nashville’s loss is the gain of those places where audiences have blossomed, cities like New York, D.C., Chicago — and Detroit, Michigan.