While cutting his teeth on the southern tour circuit with his former band Part Time Heroes, the genesis of Luke Cunningham’s maturity and depth as a songwriter was slowly being carved from the long nights, beer-soaked stages and heart-wrenching highs and lows frequent to any struggling rock band. Yet despite the band’s regional success and subsequent breakup, it’s now clearer than ever that Luke Cunningham’s endeavors post-PTH—and his solo debut Heart Pressure—are unquestionably his finest work as a songwriter.
Garnering praise for what the Charleston Post & Courier calls “a fine example of sincerity in music”, Cunningham’s knack for penning heartfelt lyrics most recently gained the artist a dose of international recognition when was called upon to write the soundtrack for the 2010 film Blood, Sweat & Beers. Airing to over five million people in Canada and the US, the movie and Cunningham’s music have since been showcased in premiere film festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
After spending years on the road with such national acts as The Fray, Gin Blossoms and Will Hoge, Cunningham’s release of his album Heart Pressure effectively manages to weave the experiences, tribulations and uphill battles of this independent songwriter into an earnest narrative that’s bound to engage listeners and resonate with any music fan who still believes in the art of storytelling.