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Lou Shields Bio
Americana, Old Time Blues, Folk and American Roots
The new album, Bad Ax County is back from Mystery Room Mastering and is now available on bandcamp for preview and download! Please take a listen and also check out the lyrics that were added for each song.
CDs will be available in my merch box and website store. The digital album will be available via Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, etc. within 1-2 weeks.
Shields continues the tradition of American music with a solo-performance that pulls in styles of days-gone-by. Using his National Resonator Guitar or Banjo accompanied by a unique front porch style of foot percussion and harmonica, he uses his voice as an extension of the past. Lou carries a full sound during live performances while sharing stories, thoughts and experiences with the audience. He has toured throughout the United States and Europe for over 5 years and has released 3 full-length albums.
Lou grew up in Chicago, living downtown or in the South Suburbs his entire life. While downtown he owned an art gallery in Pilsen at 18th and Halsted. Lou often creates his art from experiences on the road. He will take a picture of an old home in Mississippi and then draw it later. He exhibits his art in Gallery shows or sells prints out of his merch box. He often blends his art and music by creating album art and show posters for himself and other musicians. Lou’s heart is on the road, he enjoys traveling in his van or pulling his Vintage Shasta and visiting State or National Parks.
In 2015, Lou purchased land and a salvaged wood/Amish-built cabin in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin where he is setting up an off-grid homestead. Lou loves working with wood and reclaimed materials due to his deep connection to the past. The homestead is filled with antiques he found on the road from stopping at roadside sales, antique and thrift stores. In addition to the cabin, Lou is building a tiny house for guests to visit his property and share in the enjoyment of the bluffs and outdoors. Lou’s current projects have been an outhouse, reclaimed shed and a large barn to host shows and events. Lou enjoys playing his banjo on the front porch of his Kickapoo River Valley Homestead. He also enjoys spending a lot of time with friends & family in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lou is currently booking shows & festivals for Spring, Summer and Fall 2017. Lou has played many festivals across the country and also in Europe including: Choice City Stomp Spring Swing – Ft Collins, CO | Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville, TN | Westport Roots Music Festival – Kansas City, MO | Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI | Hobo Fest – Pullman, IL | MoonRunners – Chicago, IL | Chicago Blues Festival – Chicago, IL | Hobo Fest – Pullman, IL | MoonRunners – Chicago, IL | Chicago Blues Festival – Chicago, IL | Juke Joint Festival – Clarksdale, MS | Gdnyia Blues Festival Gdnyia, Poland | Buffalo Valley Folk Festival – Johnson City, TN | Delta Busking Festival – Clarksdale, MS | Deep Blues Fest – Clarksdale, MS | RibFest – Chicago, IL | Geozothofkf Roots Festival, Belgium | Tobacco Road Festival – Miami, FL | Farm-Fest – Sprague, WI | Mountain Top Festival – Indianhead, WI | Kids and Billies Festival – Netherlands | Music Festival – Middleburg, Netherlands | Muddy Roots Europe – West Flaaderen, Belgium
Lou has opened and headlined many shows. Over the last few years he has played with bands such as: Sanctified Grumblers | Devil In A Woodpile | Dead Horses | Charlie Parr | Possessed by Paul James | Willy Tea Taylor | Tom Vandenavond | Dom Flemmons | Soda Gardocki | Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit | Left Lane Cruiser | Dig Deep | Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band | Mountain Sprout | Lonesome Dan Kase | Joe and Vicki Price | Tom Feldman | Him For Her | Fruteland Jackson | Corey Harris | JD Wilkes and The Dirtdaubers | LC Ulmer | Reverend John Wilkens | Joesph Huber | Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy | SS Web | Calamity Cubes | Duayne Burnside | Southern Culture On The Skids | Jimmy Burns
“If you met Lou Shields on the street, you might think that he just walked off the set of The Grapes of Wrath, until you saw his shoes.”