This review was originally published in July of 2018.

Some acoustic guitar and a very natural lead vocal; the piano, the military march on the snare drum, it all brings a rigid and hopeful energy. There is a subtle but striking string section, and some trumpet at the end, it's a carnival of roots elements with the soul of a folk song. Sweet harmonies and a wistful lyricism make this the perfect song for lovers.

Luke James Shaffer, with his new single Last First Kiss, brings a unique roots-pop sensibility to one of the classic themes of human art, which is first love, telling the story of that moment of inspiration. Clearly this is one to remember.

Luke James Shaffer is a singer-songwriter located in Bethesda, MD. This song is featured in our Roots Collection playlist.