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South New York

by The Michael Louis Band

Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ain't That Kinda Man
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2. Shade Tree
4:15 $0.99
3. Country Girl
3:31 $0.99
4. Saturday Night
6:11 $0.99
5. Let It Go
3:28 $0.99
6. Cause of Us
5:22 $0.99
7. Reasons and Seasons
4:06 $0.99
8. I Fought the Law
4:47 $0.99
9. Ramblin' With That Woman
3:48 $0.99
10. Molly
3:54 $0.99
11. Let Me Love You (With All My Heart)
3:01 $0.99
12. Super Directional
2:55 $0.99
13. Memphis Sound
2:47 $0.99
14. Memphis Sound (The Interview)
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THE NEW CD "SOUTH NEW YORK" to be released Summer 2009 on MMM Records. Available right here & now!

The new CD from the Michael Louis Band is pure North meets South.
The Brooklyn, NY Trio made the pilgrimage to the deep South to give the new CD an authentic feel, recording in Tupelo, MS, Memphis, TN, & Muscle Shoals, AL. "We recorded right where the music we love was born"" sez Michael Louis. "We love the blues, soul, funk, r&b, old school country, rockabilly
and good ol' rock n roll". "It's in our music as well as our blood".
Co-produced by guitar legend Travis Wammack (16 yr old guitar prodigy in the early 60’s with his hit instrumental “Scratchy”, Little Richards band leader/guitarist for 10 years & Fame Studio session guitarist for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls and even the Osmond’s “One Bad Apple”) who said “Yeah, This CD has to have it (the stank) and it does!” It’s a raw, energetic CD where you can hear the sound of a real band playing together “live”, capturing the moment and keepin’ it real! From the soulful “Ain’t That Kinda Man” to the funk of “Shade Tree”, country meets the Kinks in “Country Girl”, the Southern rock feel of “ Saturday Night”, the Allmanesque “Let It Go”, the Meters meets psychedelia on “Cause Of Us”, inspired by the before-during-after of Katrina’s effects on the Gulf Coast. The CD then takes on a different vibe with the heavy blues-rock of “Reasons & Seasons”, delta blues “I Fought The Law” (yeah, that “I Fought The Law”), the old blues chestnut “Ramblin’ With That Woman” (where Michael & Travis got to trade licks), the super cool acoustic vibe of “Molly” (“They run for her just like a choo-choo trolley”), the mid-West rock sound of “Let Me Love You (With All My Heart), a killer rockabilly instrumental “Super Directional” and finally “Memphis Sound” & Memphis Sound (the Interview). I was lucky enough to not only be inspired to write a song in tribute to all the great music (rockabilly & otherwise) that came out of Sun Studios (thank you Mr. Phillips), but to have Sun Records legends Sonny Burgess & Billy Lee Riley sing on “Memphis Sound” (along with Travis & myself). The vocal session for “Memphis Sound” was cut @ Sam Phillips Recording Inc. in Memphis just a few blocks from Sun. The great Sun Studio session guitarist, Roland Janes, engineered the session. Roland can been heard on the rockabilly classics “Red Hot” & “Flying Saucer RnR” and almost all the Jerry Lee Lewis sides that came out of Sun (and alot more stuff). I also got to interview Sonny, Billy, Travis and special guest Sun Studio drummer, J.M. Van Eaton. That is the final track on the CD. Whew!!! With me on the journey were Andrei Sebastian – Bass (Yosi Piamenta Band, Billy Bell Band) & Eric Kalb – Drums (Sharon Jones, Charlie Hunter, Deep Banana Blackout). I couldn’t have done it without them and without you. Thanks & you know we love you – TMLB

“You guys may be from New York, but it must be South New York” – Roland Janes




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Brooklyn, New York born Michael Louis grew up listening to the rock 'n' roll music that his parents loved, and so, for this release, he and his band travelled south to record in Memphis and imbibe the feel of those 50's and 60's greats. Co-produced by Travis Wammack, himself a 16-year-old prodigy in the 60's, this trio have forged a CD that is heavy on rhythm, riff, distortion and rock - all interspersed with lighter moments of funk (Shade Tree), country (Country Girl) and southern rock (Saturday Night). "Let It Go" is very reminiscent of early Allman Brothers, with some pleasant slide playing. In "Super Directional", Louis has nailed a superb rockabilly track. The final song on the album is perhaps the real reason that Louis and the band travelled south. "Memphis Sound" is very much a tribute to those early rock 'n' roll pioneers, played in the spirit of those times, and with Sun Records legends Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley singing on the track. The final offering is a conversation with those two, recounting their memories of how they achieved that sound. - Merv Osborne

Dr. Blues regional CD reviews

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Brooklyn’s Michael Louis Band is a hard working, big sounding and righteous power Blues trio that cuts to the chase and drives on. Louis has found the Seger boogie and the sublimely rocking profundity of Cream. These guys may be from the 3rd city but here, North is definitely meeting South. These sessions were recorded across Dixie in Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Tupelo, MS. And, to show how they were received, Roland James said “you guys may be from New York but it must be South New York.” These recordings really got the “stank” they were seeking. This disk is rife and full with soul, funk, country, Southern rock or even what we LIer’s call “psychedelta.” The band of Eric Kalb (D), Andrei Sebastian (B) and Michael Louis (G,V) have lots of back and experience and together, they crunch. Guests include Travis Wammack who produced and played some axe and James Wormworth who did well hitting things along with Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Reilly of Sun Studio fame. Feedback and fuzz, sliding and grinding and rapid fire axe share time with soulful stretching out like in opener “Ain’t That Kinda Man.” “Shade Tree” pops and funks like it has no backbone. Allman Brothers imbues “Let It Go”, “Molly” is an acoustic Ragtime tribute to a certain kind of lady and “Cause of Us” Cissily struts like Nocentelli, Batiste and Porter. Heavy is all you need to know about “Reasons and Seasons.” Probably the coolest cut to flow across my tympanic membranes in a while is a deep North MS take on “I Fought the Law”! These guys bring it from the woods to the city. Krang! - Mark Gresser


“South New York” The Michael Louis Band
Blues-rock has been written off more times than Jimmy Page. Yet every once in a while there’s a record with one foot in bellbottomed past and one in the present, reminding music heads that rattlesnake riffs - when paired with soulful songs -.are always in style.

“South New York” is one of those platters. Brooklyn guitarist Michael Louis is an absolute tone pimp. The album’s toothy guitar sounds hold their own against those by better-known revivalists such as Marc Ford and Derek Trucks. The freakout fuzz on “Shade Tree” echoes “Truth”-era Jeff Beck, but Louis’ technique has modern sophistication, a la Warren Haynes. As jaw-dropping as Louis’ solos can be, he always plays for the song and his whiskey-throated vocals are supported throughout by the muddy propulsion of drummer Eric Kalb and bassist Andrei Sebastian. On “Ain’t That Kind of Man,” greasy bottleneck weaves between garage organ blips. “Shade Tree” is soaked in New Orleans grit. There’s also stoner sway (“Saturday Night”), high-cholesterol interludes (“Let It Go”) and ZZ Top scuzz rock (“Let Me Love You”). The album’s grits-n-gravy looseness is no accident. The 13-song set was tracked at Tuscumbia, Ala.’s MSMM Recording, Tupelo, Miss.’s Hi-Ridge Recording and Sam Phillips Recording. Although “South New York” includes brief detours into 12-bar shuffles, it spends most of its time highlighting what Louis does best: unearthing new classic rock gems.

(M. B. Wake)


Big Man Productions
"South New York" has everything a great record needs.It has feel good summer tunes like "ain't that kind of man" and "country girl" , It has a steamy ballad like "Saturday nite". Louis compliments these by doing a great reinterpetation of the old S.Curtis number"I fought the Law"
South New york also has two instrumentals that show Louis's influences including The New Orleans meets Jimi Hendrix "cause of us" and "Super directional" which shows his surf/rockabilly side.
There are many great musical discoveries to be made on "South New York" and I want to leave the pleasure of that up to the listener.Pick up "South New York" and help spread the word about the first great rock record of 2009.


South New York - MMM...Records The Michael Louis Band
Our first "Impression" on the first track of of this CD was, "Wow, the vocals sound a lot like Bob Segar." This led us to be a bit skeptical, as we don't like to approach a review with preconceived notions.
The further along we got into the tracks however, the more the CD began to weave it's magic. The mostly original tunes display a great deal of stylistic variety. Songs like "Country Girl," "Let It Go,"and "Molly" had us enjoying, tapping, and wanting to sing along.
We like to feel good, and music that makes us feel good is a good thing. The CD contains great tunes arranged and performed with an abundance of musical twists and turns. We'll spin this one again.


Funky, bluesy, soulful, rock-n-roll. Much diversity from start to finish -- even the cover songs have a cool unique spin. Music to keep you movin' and dancin'!


Funky, bluesy, soulful, rock-n-roll. Much diversity from start to finish -- even the covers have a cool, unique spin. Music to keep you movin' and dancin'! Love iT!


Holy Crap! I didn't know that guys from the NorthEast could be so soulful and rockin'. I love the songs and the killer jams that these guys throw down. So many influences that you're ear is always catching something. A refreshingly amazing album.