John Louis


John Louis is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter and guitarist who crafts twangy folk songs about love and loss.


“I write to connect with those common themes -- those common feelings -- that dwell in all of us. In our hearts and bones. Hope and longing, change and regret, love and death, lost and found, truth and fiction, loneliness and kindness,” said Louis.  Drawing on influences including Patty Griffin, Townes Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams, Gram Parsons and Kris Kristofferson, John puts big pieces of his own heart and bones into his songs.


John released his debut recording “Drift” in 2015. Drift includes contributions by Brianna Lane, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey (The Cactus Blossoms), and Ben Kyle (Romantica).


When not playing music or writing songs, John can most often be found on a bike or listening to other musicians around town.




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


“’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.


“Drift ... is elegantly paced, slow music if you will, and the piece as a whole is beautifully written.” Rebecca Marx, Rift Magazine


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