John Louis



John Louis

John Louis crafts twangy folk songs from his heart and bones that connect the personal and the universal. A 2019 Kerrville New Folk finalist, John has been writing songs for most of his life. In the past few years he’s become better at hearing the muse and doing the work. 


In 2018 John Louis released his latest recording Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis Minnesota, which includes 11 new songs plus 2 from John’s 2015 release Drift. The artwork and title pay homage to John’s favorite Townes Van Zandt record, Live at The Old Quarter, Houston Texas.


The release of Drift in September 2015 marked John’s first record as a solo singer/songwriter. For Drift, Louis pulled together some gifted Minneapolis-based musicians, including Mike “Razz” Russell (fiddle, mandolin, guitar); Jimmy Johnson (pedal steel); Brianna Lane (banjo, backing vocals); Jed Germond (fiddle); Andy Carroll (bass); the Cactus Blossoms’ Page Burkum and Jack Torrey (backing vocals) and Romantica’s Ben Kyle (backing vocals).


 “Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota is both gentle and intense. It welcomes listeners in, and gives them something to think about.” No Depression


“John Louis's songwriting is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.” The Current, Radio Heartland


 “Rootsy singer/songwriter John Louis [is] equal parts John Prine and Robert Earl Keen . . . .” Minneapolis StarTribune


"A terrific live album!" The Sundilla Radio Hour (commenting on "Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota")


“Love it!” Jonathan Byrd (commenting on “Drift”)


“’Drift ... deserves a spot in any real roots-Americana lover's library.” Jim Walsh, former City Pages music editor and award-winning columnist for the Pioneer Press.