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Jack Lukeman: “making an album is the most thankless thing you can do”

Jack Lukeman, a.k.a Jack L, is roughly 15 albums into a career that’s seen him rise from little rural stages to the country’s biggest indoor venue.

With hits like ‘Georgie Boy’ and ‘Open Your Borders’, Lukeman is fresh off the back of a summer of touring, including shows with Sting and Jools Holland, a return he’s described as “fantastic.”

“Everybody just wants to get on with things now,” he says. “There was a point where we all thought ‘will we get back at all’, so we really have to appreciate it.”

“The new single ‘Sundogs in the Moonshine’, about Thailand, came about in part because I couldn’t get out. I’ve always done a lot of travelling. That song is a kind of homage to the sun dog, the people who chase the sun, and the Full Moon Parties. They were just an excuse to stay up all night and then party on the beach, and  everyone would cheer when the sun came up.”

“I’ve done so many different styles and types of music, I suppose the albums are always a bit eclectic,” he says. “I’ve another song called the ‘Battle of the Hawthorn Trees’, which is about the resilience of nature as I stare out of the window, and one called ‘I’ve Forgotten’, which is about trying to remember how to socialise with people. I always try to write something that hasn’t been written before, really.”

Live streams were a big thing for Lukeman during lockdown, gathering a massive audience, but his albums have become further apart, with the last three spaced out by five year gaps between original albums, some cover records landing in between.

“I tend to do one of my own original albums and then in between a theme kind of thing,” he says. “This time around, I actually have a bunch more songs that will help me get another album of original stuff out pretty quickly.”