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.






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


“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 


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


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


“’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.


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



Press Links:

No Depression

June  10 , 2018

John Louis' Latest Album Welcomes Listeners In, Gives Them Something to Think About 



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






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