Five Things You Don’t Know About Me: Singer David Luther


It’s been nearly 12 years since singer-songwriter David Luther released his first self-titled EP in Nashville. The rocker—who now lives in the metro—just released his newest single Home to Kansas City earlier this month. The catchy ode to all things KC is definitely a crank-it-up-and-sing-along tune. Luther is poised to release several more singles in the coming months. One of these songs, The World’s Gonna Change, is a collaboration with Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Tom Whitlock who wrote hits such as Take My Breath Away.

We caught up with Luther to find out five things you don’t know about the guitar guru.

5) My Christmas tree is still up—and I plug it in every morning.
My sister gave me a beautiful Christmas tree as a gift this year and the soft glow in the living room just feels warm. After Christmas we took the ornaments down, but I just like having it there. It feels homey.

4) I make a great feta cheese sandwich called the John Adams.
I actually discovered this sandwich at The Classic Bean Coffee House in Topeka. It was so good that I convinced them to tell me what was in it. (The secret ingredient is Lawry’s garlic salt and lemon pepper.) It was my first satisfying experience with a vegetarian sandwich—listed on the menu as a John Adams.  I never asked why, but I appreciate giving credit where it is due. I’m a direct descendant of the late president—so maybe that’s why I liked the name?

3) The sight of a nail file makes me cringe.
I honestly don’t know where this came from, maybe from hearing my mother and sister file their nails. Somewhere along the way I must have had a negative experience with a nail file.

2) I love peanut butter rolled up in bologna.
I’m not exactly sure where this came from. I grew up with four siblings. My dad was a teacher and my mother was a seamstress, so things were usually pretty tight. I was always looking for something sweet or savory to snack on. I discovered that spreading peanut butter on bologna and rolling it up satisfied that craving. I still do it to this day.

1) I have seen The West Wing—the entire series—at least 60 to 70 times.
It really started with the movie The American President, written by Aaron Sorkin. The speech given by the president, played by Michael Douglas, gave me chills so I looked for more movies and shows by Sorkin and found The West Wing. There is something I find very inspiring and romantic about the ideals of democracy and politics. I fell in love with the characters and how all of their education, vision, and expertise is manifested through a heart of idealism and compassion. It became one of those comfort shows that I would just leave on all evening.