Luke Dick is one of those multi-hyphenates who seems adept at everything he tries. The Oklahoma native was an adjunct philosophy professor in New York. He wrote jingles that ended up in ads for Hilton hotels and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He’s a member of new wave punk band Republican Hair.
He’s also one of the hottest songwriters in Nashville, turning out songs recorded by Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. Dick was featured in Rolling Stone in January.
But his latest venture goes back a good deal further. Red Dog is the documentary Dick and director Casey Pinkston are making about Dick’s unconventional childhood in the early 1980s, when his mother Kim was a dancer at Red Dog Cafe, 6417 NW 10th St.
“I was back in Oklahoma, working on producing an artist, and I had my sound recording gear,” he told Oklahoma Gazette. “My mother, I was staying with her; it was no secret she worked at the Red Dog,” he said. “So I asked her to tell me stories.”
Dick had no idea what to do with the recordings, so he edited them down to a couple of minutes, put them to music and sent them to his friends.
They went crazy for it, so Dick went to get a camera.
“Mom moved to Oklahoma City, got married at 15 and was divorced and dancing at the Red Dog by 16,” Dick said.
Then she met Luke’s father, Charles, who was a regular at the popular strip club.
“They split up shortly after I was born, so she was back there again,” he said.
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