According to his website, chances are that you may have already heard Luke Reed’s music. His original songs have been recorded by George Strait, Gary Allen, David Ball, and Gene Watson, as well as Hank Thompson and Johnny Bush. Luke’s original cowboy songs have been covered by Michael Martin Murphey, Red Stegall, Don Edwards, and more. Introducing Luke at a performance, Murphey called Luke “one of the finest contemporary western songwriters we have.”
Not only have his songs been recorded and covered by famous artists, Luke and his compositions have been nominated for prestigious awards. His “Corridos” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Folk category. Luke was nominated for a Tony award for his original song that was featured in the Broadway musical version of Urban Cowboy. He won the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists for excellence in the field of western art.
Luke grew up in Oklahoma close to where the Chisholm Trail passed. He has a degree in vocational agriculture and taught agriculture and was a county extension agent in Oklahoma before moving to Nashville, where he spent a number of years as a songwriter. He left Nashville for New Mexico, where he founded the Learning Horse Program at the Santa Fe Indian School for at-risk Native Youth. He has appeared on Ask This Old House, demonstrating the ancient art of Zuni waffle gardening.
Luke recently moved to Carrollton and accepted a vocational agriculture teaching position in Richardson.