Walk into a suburban home improvement store and you’ll hear what Stereogum is talking about when they complain about ‘the Mumfordization of pop music’: acoustic guitars, soaring choruses with tight harmonies, massive kick drum, and an earnest, trembling folksy lead vocal. It works. Imitators abound. No need to mention them by name. What *is* worth noting, however, is an Austinite who’s winning national acclaim from NPR Music and others–not just because he’s consciously running against the trend, but because he takes such care to lose none of the authenticity and attention to songcraft that has made the neo-folk phenomenon such a success in the first place. Join Texas Music Matters host David Brown for a conversation with Walker Lukens.
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