Stephen Luke is a guitarist and singer/song writer specializing in a blend of roots and rock music. He started out on drums but then switched to guitar at age 17. “ I ran into some trouble and was on house arrest for a while. The guitar helped me keep sane.” He began performing at local dances and in the late 70’s early 80’s, he played the bar and party circuit with the group Venus who were chosen for one of the WEBN album projects.
After a long hiatus, which included raising a family, it took a serious hand injury to reignite the musical spark. Surgery was followed by several months of rehab. His physical therapist recommended picking up the guitar again to help the left hand function. Enter Kelly Richey who reignited Stephen’s guitar world. “She took me from pitiful to powerful in about six months. It lit a fire. I couldn’t stop playing and started writing songs again.” Soon Richey agreed to produce his first CD, “No Man’s Land.” “It’s such an honor to work with Kelly and be associated with Sweet Lucy Records.”
Stephen Luke can be found playing around Cincinnati with the band “Westrock”, and he continues to write solo and co-writes with Kelly Richey, John Redell and other Cincinnati artists.
How do you describe your music to people?
Roots music. Americana. Maybe a tinge of blues for good measure
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
As a boy I wrote songs but it was a completely private thing.
It was something I was almost embarrassed about.
I grew up without other artists in my immediate family and besides the radio/TV I didn't know there were other people out there like that.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Making my kids laugh.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time is no friend
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Write songs and play music.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I think of community as the ten to twelve people that I'm really close with...
Beyond that there's a world of music and art that can influence and nurture me as an artist. I have always felt supported by a select few who have encouraged me and helped carry the load when I was falling.
What other artists out there do you love?
What does your future hold?
I'm currently working on a new set of songs that I hope will be out this year.