About lukedeanprice

Luke Price is a talented young multi-instrumentalist known for his great balance of taste, rhythm, and technical ability. He is known for pushing genres, styles, and fellow musicians into new territory while delicately respecting the great musical traditions that have come before. At the young age of seven, Luke began competing in fiddle contests and quickly made a name for himself winning the National Title at ages 12 and 17, along with a long list of awards from contests all across the country, including The Fiddlers Frolics and the Grand Masters. At the young age of 15, he began teaching private lessons. While continuing to carry on the Texas fiddling and contest traditions, Luke began to expand his playing to many other styles, namely; jazz, soul, blues, funk, bluegrass, and pop. He then became interested in songwriting and arranging as an outlet for his growing creativity. After completing his B.A. in Professional Music at the esteemed Berklee College of Music, he moved to Portland, OR, where he continued to record and perform his original music with his Old Soul Pop band, Dean! He has performed and collaborated with a host of other musicians including: Green State (with Scott Law and Tye North), Tony Furtado, Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, Hanneke Cassel, and Jesse Harper to name a few. Now, he continues to teach privately, while also teaching as an Associate Professor at Lewis & Clark College. Luke is passionate about passing on the Old fiddling traditions, and also creating new music measured with taste, technical control, and joy.

Recording No. 2

Say Old Man – Luke Price

Here’s a tune from a jam while I was in Colorado this January.  Fun groove!  Featured players are Luke Price on fiddle, Daniel Carwile, Scott Sumner, Jonathan Trawick, and Chuck Onofrio.  Recorded by Stephen Schauer.


Recording No. 1

I hope to post some old recordings of fiddle legends for educational listening.  When I really listen to some of these tracks, I become aware of how deep some of the rhythms are.  Listen for the bow handling and balance behind the notes.

Orville Burns  “Sally Johnson”  8.29.86

Listen for the notes where he stays behind the beat (1st notes of the 1st ‘A’ variation). His setting of the eighth notes is also amazing. Orville dominates because he plays the straight eighth-note sections right behind the beat, and each set of eighth notes (1+,2+,3+,4+) are all the same slightly swung and balanced rhythm.