Saline's Acoustic Routes Concerts will host modern American country folk artist David Luning for a solo show at Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., on Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m.
Born and raised in California's Sonoma County, Luning says legendary singer-songwriter John Prine forced him to drop out of college. Not at gunpoint or anything— the two had never even met—but the effect of hearing the songwriting legend's music for the first time had an equally compelling effect on him.
Since appearing on American Idol season XIII, Luning has become a songwriter's songwriter. Country superstar Keith Urban praises his “staunch originality." Critics praise his well-crafted lyrics and versatile vocals.
"(American Idol) is a cool platform to get your music out there. I was able to play my own original music and get it seen by many, many other people," he says. "I was definitely on the fringe for American Idol, as for genre and style."