John Louis is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who crafts twangy folk songs about love and loss. Louis writes to connect the personal with the universal: hope and longing, change and regret, love and death, loneliness and kindness. For fans of Townes Van Zandt, Patty Griffin, Kris Kristofferson and Lucinda Williams.


In April 2018 John Louis releases his latest recording: Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis Minnesota. It will drop locally at a CD release show April 14, 2018, and worldwide on April 20, 2018.  Live at The Warming House includes 11 new songs, plus 2 from John’s 2015 release Drift. Live at The Warming House was made in the style of John’s favorite Townes Van Zandt record Live at The Old Quarter, and features John, his guitar, songs, jokes, and a live audience. The CD artwork was designed as a tribute to Live at The Old Quarter as well.


John's first recording Drift was released in 2015, and features backing by The Cactus Blossoms, Brianna Lane, Ben Kyle (of Romantica), and Razz Russell. When not playing music or writing songs, John can most often be found on a bike or listening to other musicians around town.



John Louis Live at The Warming House

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Warming House, Minneapolis, MN

$10, All Ages

Doors at 7:30, music at 8:00






“’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”)


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




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April 14, 2017

What's old is Wu Again



January 2, 2016

TCCT 2015: See all the music critics' ballots and comments


Southwest Journal

Happy Old Year

By Jim Walsh

December 30, 2015


Rift Magazine

September 23, 2015

By Rebecca Marx

Tucking into “So Sorry” by John Louis


Southwest Journal

Straight outta Kingfield

By Jim Walsh, July 14, 2015






High Resolution Photo - Solo


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