If the music of Buddy Holly, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, and Kenny G had a night of wicked romance, the love child would become Dirty Louis, a surrealistic fusion of musical styles bred from their humble roots in Bloomington, Minnesota. The band combines rockabilly, neo soul, country, classic rock, dirt blues, and even some baby-making saxophone to create an all-encompassing genre that is currently shaking the Twin Cities to its core. With dual harmonies, dyncamic-trekking drum kit, and crisp, vibrant guitars, Dirty Louis is one of the coolest things to happen to Minnesota since Grain Belt Nordeast.
The righteous group of jammers consists of Michael Louis Borell on lead vocals and guitar, Brendan Smith on saxophone and rhythm guitar, Will Finer on bass guitar, Ed Draper on drums, and Eddie Rickert on guitar. Frontman Borell described the early fraternizations of the quintet during their live set, all of them having attended Bloomington high schools and participating in football, jazz bands, and other rock groups throughout their teen years. This would lay the foundation for what would eventually become Dirty Louis.
Between sweetly serenading and rocking the ever-loving stuff out of the “Live From Studio 5!” crew, the band dropped a number of older and more recent tunes, as well as the official debut of a few numbers that had yet to leave the practice room. Two of the songs that received their first public performance included “On My Way” and “Match Made In Heaven”. A few other tunes that the band kicked out were “Glory Bound”, “Loud and Clear”, “Lake Winnipeg”, “No One Like You”, “Libido Shuffle”, and “Once You Go Black”.
The dirty rockers also performed in support of their soon-to-be-dropped upcoming album. The album release show will be happening at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis on Friday, December 26th, beginning at 8 PM. They’ll also be making a public appearance on November 14th, at The Narrows in Wayzata, also starting at 8 PM.
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-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette