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Little Louis


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Armed with a guitar, footstomp and vocal cords “Little” Louis van Empel delivers a surprising and energetic performance. Louis’ voice thereby acts as an impressive multi-purpose instrument that astonishes his audiences. His songwriting combines raw deltablues and dark americana with various folky sounds. His main influences are the old bluesmasters like Blind Willie Johnson, Son House and John Lee Hooker, but also artists like Beck, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits. With full dedication, he delivers his own unique version of “the blues”. Because of his savage stagepersona he mostly leaves baffled audiences behind after a long set of raw and basic sounds, tastefully varied with more melodic songs. Louis mainly performs as a solo or duo act, but also with The Little Louis Band, consisting of: Aart van der Wulp (harmonica), Geurt Engelsman (upright bass) and Gabriël Peeters (drums).

In 1994 Louis founded the first Little Louis Bluesband. This band acquired a large regional reputation, which eventually yielded them a performance at the prestigious Belgium Rhythm & blues festival (BRBF) in Peer in 2000.
As from 1999, writing songs with influences from folk, americana, country, latin, blues, jazz and rock occupied Louis and it was no longer possible to incorporate all of his ideas into the bluesband’s repertoire. After recording the first independent cd “Compass & Chart”, he founded the band “Louis!” at the end of 2000. In 2001 a second independent CD was released, titled “Tales of Liquid Desires & Shining Armours”. This album was praised by various dutch music magazines and other music critics.

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