Walker Lukens

  • Austin
Grant Season: 
  • 2016
Walker Lukens


Walker Lukens’ soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have prompted comparisons to everyone from Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. After fronting other bands, the Austin, Texas-based Lukens released Year of the Dog EP and the full length, Devoted, in 2013. They received unanimous praise from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and Billboard. A formidable live unit, Walker Lukens and his backing band, The Side Arms, have gained a reputation for their sweaty, stage-shaking shows.

More recently, Lukens and The Side Arms have been working with producer and Spoon drummer, Jim Eno. The single “Every Night” premiered on Spin and was featured on Esquire’s top 40 2015 SXSW playlist. Their full length record, Tell It To The Judge, is due this year.