John Louis

John Louis is a singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A 2019 Kerrville New Folk finalist, and honorable mention at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, John crafts dusky country folk songs. “John Louis's songwriting is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.” (Radio Heartland, Minnesota Public Radio)

John Louis released Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis Minnesota in 2018, which includes 11 new songs plus 2 from his 2015 release Drift.  “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) 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).


“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.

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

December 30, 2015

Happy Old Year


Rift Magazine

September 23, 2015

Tucking into “So Sorry” by John Louis


Southwest Journal

July 14, 2015

Straight outta Kingfield

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