Luke Pruitt was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a manufacturing and shipping town located on the Oklahoma border and the banks of the Arkansas River. From an early age, Pruitt was exposed to lots of music from his fathers record collection, which included some old country music that his grandfather had recorded. “I never met my Papa, but I feel like I know him from those old 45’s full of his songs. He had every great local musician on them and wrote about working in the oilfield and riding in the rodeo” Says Pruitt.
Pruitt grew up singing, but started playing guitar and writing songs at age 14.
Over the next few years Pruitt played every coffee shop and bar room that would let the teenager in, and in 2003 he graduated high school and left Arkansas for Middle Tennessee. Pruitt surrounded himself with as many great musicians and writers as he could over the next few years, continuing to hone his talents by performing, writing, and recording in the greater middle Tennessee area. “I really learned a lot in those years. I always tried to surround myself with the most talented and creative musicians I could. Playing gigs with those guys was definitely trial by fire, but probably the way I learn best.”
in 2009 Pruitt moved back to Arkansas to start a family and concentrate on writing. “I was burnt out on playing bar gigs and needed to get out of Nashville for a while.” Pruitt says, smiling. “There are so many writers in Nashville that you start to lose your identity. It can smother you. You read the same newspaper as everyone, you see the same billboards as everyone. You hear the same noises as everyone. It is a breath of fresh air to approach writing from a different place. Being close to my family and now starting one of my own has given me some new perspective on life, and in turn has given me a new perspective on my writing and my music.”