Luke Boor working to make his name in Nashville
Luke Boor has loved music for as long as he can remember. So much so, he left his hometown of Galveston for Nashville, where he intends to make his name.
Galveston is where he got his first taste of musical education and what ultimately set the tone for the rest of his growing musical career, he said.
“I love Galveston,” Boor said. “I lived in the same house my whole life.”
Boor, 27, is working to promote his recently released all-acoustic EP titled “Skeletons.”
He credits musical theater, which he began at about age 10, for helping to shape his career.
He started off at a place called Broadway Bound, where he spent a couple of years doing a lot of musicals, acting and singing.
“That’s where I really started learning,” Boor said. “I was surrounded by music all the time.”
As a Ball High School student, Boor expanded his performing skills by acting, while also playing in two bands with other island natives.
“I started writing music around the time I joined those bands,” Boor said. “I started learning Blink 182 songs.”
Boor became one of the main writers for both island bands and learned to play the bass and guitar, he said.
After trying a semester at Galveston College, Boor decided he wanted an education focused on music. He found the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.
From 2006 to 2009, Boor was in a vocal program at the Los Angeles school working on his associate degree.
In between classes, he and some of his classmates started a pop rock band called Assemble the Skyline, which eventually was named one of the top unsigned bands on Purevolume.com, he said.
“We played at Warped Tour and toured nationally,” Boor said.
In 2011, the band made an appearance in Galveston when it opened for Neon Trees at Mardi Gras.
Assemble the Skyline opened for The Wanted and played at Austin music festival South by Southwest in 2012.
“That was definitely the biggest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Boor said. “It was awesome.”
The band broke up, but former members remain close friends, he said.
“We broke up because we all wanted to branch out of that pop rock style,” Boor said. “At our age, the music we were playing really wasn’t appropriate anymore. We all wanted to do different things musically.”
After Assemble the Skyline disbanded, Boor spent another year and a half in Los Angeles trying to figure out what he wanted to do.
“I was kind of dealing with a lot — not knowing what I wanted to do with my life and whether I wanted to stay in L.A. or not,” Boor said.
But he got a clear vision of his future after visiting Nashville for a songwriting festival. In Nashville, he gained inspiration and also got a feeling that was where he was supposed to be.
“Nashville is really growing as a city,” Boor said. “It’s not just country music anymore.”
From the songwriting festival, Boor was able to experiment and get inspiration from some incredible musicians, he said. From that festival, he got inspiration for his new EP.
“A lot of the songs are either about a love scene or life scene,” Boor said. “It shares a lot of what I was going through in L.A., just feeling the need for something more and finally loving where you’re at but needing to move on.”
With the release of his EP, Boor now is hoping to get the opportunity to tour and get as much exposure as possible.
“I would love to eventually come back to Galveston,” Boor said. “I miss it.”
Playing with a full band or at Mardi Gras or acoustic at The Old Quarter also tops the list of some of his future Galveston dreams, he said.
“Right now, it’s about writing music and putting my music out there and hoping someone else connects with it,” Boor said.
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