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Dan Luke and The Raid

Bowling Green, KY

Dan Luke & the Raid frontman Dan Shultz, grew up in a musical household outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. His brothers Brad, and Matt, perform in the town’s best known. “It was an interesting environment,” Shultz says with a laugh. “We were rambunctious.” More than a decade younger than Matt and Brad, Shultz was just 10 when they decamped to Europe to start their own career. And when another Shultz brother, Jeremy, left home shortly after that, Shultz suddenly found himself in quieter hallways.

Shultz eventually linked up with drummer Kendrick Brent, a high school classmate who, along with Shultz, formed the foundation of Dan Luke & the Raid. They’ve just dropped their debut single, the groovy “Black Cat Heavy Metal. The tune recalls a particularly wild night of partying — and pays homage to Muhammad Ali’s legacy. “There’s a line, ‘Passed out on the curb where legends die that is inspired by a night I was hanging out with my brother Matt and the band Twin Peaks,” Shultz explains. The night Muhammed Ali died and we realized it was the place he was born. It felt surreal … realizing one of our hometown childhood heroes was gone.”