Luke Roberts

Sunlit Cross

Thrill Jockey

Oct 27, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


There's something unexpectedly and welcomingly familiar in Luke Roberts' music. Like coming home or a favorite chair, Roberts' Sunlit Cross is comfortable and soothing, something to appreciate, embrace, and sink into. It's music to get lost in while driving the open road, mountains and beautiful American landscapes in every direction. It's blues and folk and heartso much heart.

The Nashville native's impressive third album comes nearly five years to the day after his debut record, Big Bells and Dime Songs, was released. The years between were marked not just with creative evolution, but also with personal exploration for the singer/songwriter. Roberts traveled widely in that time, expanding his worldview, and the depth of his experiences resonates loudly on Sunlit Cross. The album is eminently relatable, an emotive journey listeners are fortunate enough to have the privilege of joining him on. Introspective as it is universal, Sunlit Cross is a triumph for the independent musician. Self-proclaimed "redemptive blues," the album turns life's lens upon itself and finds hope at the end of the day. It is a powerful calling card for the Tennessee-based performer, one that will undoubtedly gain him wider recognition and appeal. After all, Sunlit Cross is proof positive Roberts has earned it. (www.thrilljockey.com/artists/luke-roberts)

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