Unlike a lot of contestants on The Voice, NBC’s vocal talent show, Luke Wade wasn’t looking to get a record deal out of the experience. He had already released his sophomore album, The River, the spring before he successfully navigated the competition’s audition process and secured a spot on Pharrell Williams’ team until his eventual elimination in the program’s seventh season. Wade’s consolation prize was the broad exposure he’d received on The Voice, which translated to an exponential increase in his core audience and a significant spike in interest regarding The River. Critical comparisons between Wade and singer/song-writers like Ray LaMontagne, Van Morrison and Glen Hansard were completely justified, as Wade’s mournful rasp and earnestly heartfelt songwriting style placed him firmly in their hallowed company. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.
Luke Wade performs Friday at Live! at the Ludlow Garage. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com .