In our list of the Best Southern Albums of 2018, released on Tuesday, we talked about how — particularly in times like these — we all need some feel-good records. Music that demands no thought on deep issues, stuff that just makes you feel good in your booty so you can shimmy across the floor. In Nashville, Tennessee, a young man named Christian Luthi has built a band that quite pointedly wants to do nothing more than give us the feel-good music we need.
Some fans call the LUTHI sound a “boogie circus.” Luthi himself says, “We like the term ‘Cumberland Funk’ too,” pulling the term from the river that flows through Nashville. Drawing from influences that include soul and R&B fom the 1960s, psychedelia and funk from the ’70s, and ’80s “new wave,” LUTHI can certainly spin up a party — as rapidly growing numbers of fans in their hometown can attest.
We’re happy to debut this new video for LUTHI’s tune “Analog,” which offers a monstrous groove and no thought deeper than “We grew up on analog.” Where they found all the old VHS tapes, we’ll never know.
LUTHI might be coming to your town soon. They’ll be stopping for dates in Columbia, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, before they return to Nashville for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza with Moon Taxi at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
— Chuck Reece