Luke Wade is a special kind of talent. And it's time East Texas experiences it in person, if you haven't already.

Luke Wade and No Civilians are celebrating the release of his sophomore album, 'The River,' at 9 p.m. Friday at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ in Tyler. Cover is $8 at the door and the show is 21 and up.

Wade's songwriting is equally passionate and promising. His demeanor is a trick -- you'd never expect the Ray LaMontagne-meets-gospel roots-meets-Gavin Degraw voice to come out of this guy. But when you take his voice and his songwriting and mold it with his sounds of John Mayer with a little R&B and funky soul mixed it, you've got the makings of one of the state's most original new artists.

His delivery is smooth, and having a group of instruments behind him that include a sax and a trumpet, only makes Wade shine even more.

Do yourself a favor and check Luke out Friday night at Stanley's. There's a super good chance you'll leave saying, "I'm glad I was able to see him when I did," because big things are about to happen in the world of Luke Wade.

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