Luke Allen is the leader of an interesting local New Orleans group, The Happy Talk Band. He writes in a style unlike anyone else in town. He has a generous, though un-imposing, personality and this comes through well in his songs. In this conversation he explains a lot of where he came from and uncovers some connections between his life travels and New Orleans residency and how those things impact his songwriting.
The interview was conducted where he felt at home, Markey's Bar in the Bywater. There is background noise from the conversationalists and jukebox but it provides a nice backdrop for Luke's lively conversation.
Part 1- Where he came from, Salinas, Santa Cruz; how he came to New Orleans and why; how he started writing his own material; where the dark themed songs come from; playing music before Happy Talk; how The Happy Talk Band formed; how the band name came about.