John Louis crafts heartworn country folk songs. Born of a blend of observation, experience, introspection and empathy, John’s songs have garnered attention and awards from prestigious songwriting showcases including the Kerrville New Folk competition, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, and the Great River Folk Fest songwriter contest.
“John Louis is a good man writing great music up in Minneapolis.” Jon Dee Graham
Born in Minneapolis, John Louis grew up on a farm outside the city where he nurtured his introverted side meandering through the woods, wetlands and pastures, alone with his thoughts and observations and perhaps a dog or two. At home he was exposed to healthy doses of songwriting giants from the 60s and 70s on his parents’ turntable. Eventually that solid base led him to the usual list of folk and country icons who shaped his songwriting sensibility. For years now a committed city dweller, John retains a watchful eye and ear attuned to a good story, a poetic line, and an occasional nugget of truth.
“John Louis's songwriting is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.” Radio Heartland, Minnesota Public Radio
John has released two full-length recordings - “Drift” and “Live at The Warming House.” In early 2021 John released two singles — “Gone Too Far” and “Shut Down” — recorded in COVID19-isolation with producer Shane Leonard. Along with Shane, musicians on the singles include Sam Kassirer, Ben Lester, Jeremy Boettcher, and Siri Undlin. While these songs may be familiar favorites to some who have caught John’s recent live shows or live recording, the contributions of this group of outstanding, intuitive musicians and full studio treatment transform “Gone Too Far” and “Shut Down” in a surprising manner, casting them in a captivating new light.
“I love the songs that John Louis writes. LOVE!” Sarah Morris
“Rootsy singer/songwriter John Louis [is] equal parts John Prine and Robert Earl Keen . . . .” - Minneapolis StarTribune
“. . . brings to mind John Prine, Patty Griffin, Kris Kristofferson and Lucinda Williams . . . . Louis is a storyteller by nature, and his album asks an ear of its listeners. 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 . . . is a great singer/songwriter. His “Shut Down” song is damn near perfect.” Brad Raley
"A terrific live album!" The Sundilla Radio Hour (commenting on 2018 release "Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota")
“Love it!” Jonathan Byrd (on 2015 release “Drift”)
“John Louis is an amazing songwriter.” Jon Dee Graham