Luke Callen

At the intersection of Harry Smith’s Old Weird America – the songs of heartworn highways – and the tumult of today you can find the music of Luke Callen. The songs – equal parts tragic comedy and hopeless reverie – paint a picture of the places and people that make up his earthly home. A poet – a player – a folk singer – Luke has traversed his country unraveling tall tales – short tunes and all that’s hidden underneath.

Originally from the river town of La Crosse, Wisconsin – the heart of the Driftless Region on the Mississippi River – and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota by way of Colorado. Luke brings his humble sense of humor and humanity wherever he may go. Luke’s second studio effort, Also Going Nowhere, is set to be released on February 1, 2024. Produced by Erik Koskinen and tracked at his studio – Real Phonic Records in Cleveland, MN – it features Lauren Anderson (Bass), Chris Gray (Drums) – Franky Moscow (Keys), and Erik Koskinen (additional guitars). This 11 song effort shows a maturity in Luke’s songwriting – a new sense of groove – and what all great records have…a little love, a little pain, a little laughter, and few tracks for to dance.

Luke has played hundreds of shows spanning both coasts, the American West, South, and Heartland. He has had the opportunity to provide support for Dom Flemons, Dead Horses, The Dustbowl Revival, Kacy & Clayton, James McMurtry, Whiskey Shivers, Charlie Parr, The Lowest Pair, The Last Revel, Lilly Hiatt, Chicago Farmer, and Robbie Fulks among others. He is a regular performer at the Historic Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, OK – the progressive environmental festival Salmon Fest in Ninilchik, AK, as well as the regional indie Midwest Music Fest in La Crosse & Winona.

Past Shows


Feb
1
st
2024
Turf Club
Feb
1
st
2024
Turf Club

Luke Callen

Album Release

★ Local Show ★
with Pleasure Horse and Goatroper
Apr
17
th
2023
Turf Club
Apr
17
th
2023
Turf Club

The Band of Heathens

with Luke Callen
Mar
5
th
2023
7th St Entry
Mar
5
th
2023
7th St Entry

Margo Cilker

with Luke Callen
Feb
16
th
2023
Turf Club
Feb
16
th
2023
Turf Club

Buffalo Nichols

with Luke Callen
Sep
18
th
2022
Turf Club
Sep
18
th
2022
Turf Club

Dead Horses

with Luke Callen
May
28
th
2022
Turf Club
May
28
th
2022
Turf Club

The Last Revel

with Luke Callen
Sep
4
th
2019
7th St Entry
Sep
4
th
2019
7th St Entry

Ryan Necci and The Buffalo Gospel

MOVED FROM TURF CLUB
with Luke Callen
Aug
17
th
2018
7th St Entry
Aug
17
th
2018
7th St Entry

The Ghost of Paul Revere

with Luke Callen
Sep
29
th
2017
Turf Club
Sep
29
th
2017
Turf Club

Fruition

with Luke Callen

More Shows

Jun
23
rd
7th St Entry

Peter Bradley Adams

Jun
20
th
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Arrows In Action

with Sad Alex and Elliot Lee
Jun
8
th
7th St Entry

Tep No

with Palmbutta and Midnight Gold
Jun
5
th
7th St Entry

Ghostly Kisses

with Kroy