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When Lukas was eighteen years old he got his first acoustic guitar. The guitar became an outlet for his weird teen angst that most early 90’s Gen X teenagers had and Luke began playing a lot of Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Pearl Jam songs. It didn’t take long for him to rediscover his love for his parent’s old John Denver and Simon and Garfunkel records which he seemed to connect with in a much deeper way. His rekindled love for folk music grew with his discovery of Bob Dylan, Nanci Griffith and Neil Young.

In Luke’s late teens and early twenties, he went on tour with Phish and listened to a lot of Grateful Dead and The Samples. He took classical guitar lessons with Dean Whachs, studied improvisation with Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee) and played in a world fusion folk rock band. In Luke’s late twenties he picked up the mandolin and started taking lessons from Jay Lapp. Jay and Luke decided to start a bluegrass band together which eventually became Goldmine Pickers. Lukas has also studied guitar with Steve Doyle (Hoyle Brothers), Harry Gray and Chris Walz (Special Concensus) and mandolin with Colby Maddox (Special Concensus) all at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and clawhammer banjo with Adam Carter-Nafziger (Hard Travelin’ Boys, Goldmine Pickers, Lalo Cura).

Luke’s song “Conversation’s Free” was used by Nissan in a commercial aired in over 35 countries around the world in 2006 and his song “Barroom Waltz” was adapted for stage play “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” directed by Eric Meyer that same year. In 2013 The Whitney M. Young Magnet School purchased the rights to perform his song "Stumblin' Lenny" and Luke facilitated the Philharmonic Orchestra in their arrangement and performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra at their school and also at the Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference.

In 2012 Luke organized a festival in Northern Indiana called FolkyFishFest. FolkyFishFest is an event designed to bring people together to share talents and passions which inspire one another and celebrate friendship through folk music, fishing and culture and is now a growing annual festival.

Lukas is currently playing guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica, singing and writing songs for Goldmine Pickers, Hard Travelin’ Boys, Luke & Allie, Eric Lambert and Friends, solo concerts and duo and trio shows. He is also teaching private guitar, mandolin and banjo lessons and guitar camps for kids two weeks every summer.
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