John Louis performs live at Radio Heartland

John Louis performs "Shut Down," which also appears on his 2018 album, "John Louis Live at the Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota." (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • John Louis - Gone Too Far (Live on Radio Heartland) 02:21
  • John Louis - Hearts Uncrossed (Live on Radio Heartland) 03:04
  • John Louis - Shut Down (Live on Radio Heartland) 03:00

If you've lived in Minnesota for … say … more than three months, you know that we sometimes get strange weather. Like a blizzard in mid-April. Yes, my back still remembers the shoveling from that weekend. Local singer-songwriter John Louis remembers it well too, because he was all set to release his new album that weekend at the Warming House in Minneapolis when the weather forced him to reschedule.

John's songwriting reminds me at times of Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. Van Zandt was a personal hero of John's, so his new live album is very loosely based on a live record Townes recorded back in 1977, Townes Van Zandt Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas. Hence, the name of his new album, John Louis Live at the Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

John stopped in our studio to give us a sample of his songwriting.

Songs Performed


"Gone Too Far"
"Hearts Uncrossed"
"Shut Down"
All songs appear on John Louis's 2018 album, John Louis Live at the Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hosted and produced by Mike Pengra
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan

External Links

John Louis - official site

The Warming House, Minneapolis - Facebook

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  • John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • John Louis, 'Live at the Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota'
    John Louis, 'Live at the Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota.' The cover artwork is an homage to Townes Van Zandt's landmark album, 'Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas.' (courtesy the artist)

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