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Morning Gasoline

by The Michael Louis Band

The Michael Louis Band plays Brooklyn Swamp Music. R&R, Blues & R&B mix in the muck and it creates a thick, murky sound. The band is based out of Gravesend, South Brooklyn, NY. Ain’t no hipsters in Gravesend, just the salt of the earth and great pizza.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. Morning Gasoline
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2. City Boy
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3. Makin' Time
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4. Late September
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5. Superstition
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6. Flower That Blooms
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7. One Time
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8. Vanilla Plain
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9. Tazer
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10. Yes, It's Good for You
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11. When You Used to Be Mine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
HOLY SMOKES and GEE WIZ! The Michael Louis Band brings one of the most
impressive rock n' roll projects we've heard this year. On the band's latest release,
Morning Gasoline, The MLB brings their own brand of tasty treats wrapped in what they
call, "Brooklyn Swamp Music". This sound is like a slice of NYC pizza pie, with a big ole
glass of country Georgia sweet tea on the side. Get your earpetite ready for one of the
greatest musical feasts its ever had.

Opening up the album is the title track, "Morning Gasoline", which is a smash hit in my
book. The song is well written, and Michael Louis delivers a great vocal performance atop
some of the hottest music production in circulation today. It's not easy to produce a song
that, if given the right exposure, would land a band in heavy rotation at top rock stations
and likely a Grammy nod. If you want to hear how great blues-rock music should be done,
check out this track.

In addition to the title track, The Michael Louis Band offers their own rendition of Stevie
Wonder's classic hit, "Superstition," and I must say, "The boys killed it!" The fact that The
MLB even had the gonads to try it is a reason to give it a listen, not to mention show
some serious respect to them for doing a great job interpreting one of Stevie's greatest
songs.

Overall, both The Michael Louis Band and their album, Morning Gasoline, are both major
assets to the music industry. This band's contributions to the artform of crafting great
songs are appreciated by the folks at I Am Entertainment Magazine. If you're looking for
the perfect gift to give this Christmas holiday, and the recipient is a fan of great rock n'
roll music, this is a great option.
MORNING GASOLINE Artist: Michael Louis Band
I AM ENTERTAINMENT Review by: Senseitional (Reviews Editor)

Hailing from Gravesend, South Brooklyn, The Michael Louis Band’s album Morning Gasoline successfully intertwines urban and rural values to create a sound that will appeal to city-dwellers and country folk alike. With heavy guitar riffs that seem to point to the band’s Hendrix and Zeppelin influences, alongside the album’s more southern rock oriented tracks like “Late September” and “Makin’ Time,” Morning Gasoline is an album that will appeal to blues lovers across the country and beyond. With Michael Louis on guitar and vocals, Andrei Sebastian on bass, keyboard and backing vocals, and Keith Crupi on drums, sit back and relax as The Michael Louis Band satisfies your appetite for genuine blues.

The opening track “Morning Gasoline” is a great teaser for the rest of the album’s sound. Drawing from southern rock, the track delivers a sound that is relaxing and pleasurable with some great percussion. Aside from Crupi on drums, special guest Chauncey Yearwood appears here on the congas. As with most of the songs, Sebestian’s keyboarding and bass playing are both crucial for the groove of this track. The second track, “City Boy,” strays away from the southern rock vibe for a more soulful and funky sound as the band pays homage to the fabulous NYC. Home is where the heart is for this band, and as Louis sings: “you can take the boy out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of this boy.” “Makin’ Time” is a laid-back track that would be a great soundtrack for a summer day, with Louis confessing: “Makin’ time is all I wanna do, and I’ll spend all my time here with you.” “Late September” is a slower, ballad-like track with a southern rock feel. Sebastian’s keyboard makes its way front and center here, and Louis’ solo is definitely worth listening closely to.

The album’s Stevie Wonder cover, “Superstition,” takes a funky soul song and infuses it with some hard rock and roll and serious blues. “Flower That Blooms” might be the album’s most powerful and energized track, a definite head-banger. “One Time” showcases another side to The Michael Louis Band with a psychedelic blues sound. “Vanilla Plain” is another soulful track, with a nice groovy Sebastian bass line that happens to be my favorite on the album. Tazer is a really fun instrumental track with plenty of funk and rock and roll to get anyone off their feet. Louis’s guitar work here is an exceptional moment on the album as well. “Yes It’s Good For You” is another great funky dance tune. Yearwood’s congas make a third appearance here after “Morning Gasoline” and “Makin’ Time,” and make a perfect addition to the soulful, upbeat track. The Michael Louis Band closes the album with the very bluesy “When You Used To Be Mine,” a great closing track, wrapping up the album nicely with a sound that brings many of the band’s musical approaches together.

Louis’s songwriting on Morning Gasoline is definitely solid and enjoyable, and Louis, Sebastian and Crupi have a great musical rapport throughout the album as a whole. This album will make a great listen for southern rock fans as well as R&B and soul fans. Taking a little bit of the South and mixing it with the edginess and vibrant, eclectic energy of New York City, The Michael Louis Band has clearly created something fresh and exciting with Morning Gasoline.
bluesrockreview.com/ Review by Eileen Quaranto

Morning Gasoline is the latest release from The Michael Louis Band, a funky little blues group from Brooklyn, NY. The band consists of frontman/guitarist/vocalist Michael Louis, bassist/keyboard player Andre Sebastian, drummer Keith Crupi, and special guest Chauncey Yearwood on congas. Morning Gasoline captures the Rock and Roll spirit of the Seventies with great song writing, and top-notch performances. Louis skillfully blends Blues and Funk, with a bit of Southern Rock.

I really like the way the title track, “Morning Gasoline”, gets the heart pumping. I’ve been using this as a ‘go-to’ song to help wake me up on my morning drive to work. This one is really great fuel to start the morning off with. The guitar is very enjoyable and I love the driving beat provided by Crupi on drums and Yearwood on congas.

When I hear Louis’s voice on “City Boy”, “Late September”, and “Vanilla Plain”, I immediately think of Elvis Costello and John Hiatt, both singer/songwriters I hold in high regards. There is slow infectious groove to “City Boy”, which pulls me in like a magnet. Plain and simply, “Late September” is just a beautiful song. I like the tinny single guitar note accents which give it an added layer of character to it.

Reminiscent of the funky instrumentals on the Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In sequences revolving around a dancing, bikini-clad, flower-powered Goldie Hawn, “Tazer” is one big bowl of fun. Interestingly, it slowly morphs itself from fun and funky, into a warm bath of psychedelia. “Makin’ Time” another enjoyable treat, has that bluesy southern rock sound akin to the music of the Allman Brothers, with that slide guitar and piano. It really surprised me how much Louis on guitar, and Sebastian on keys sounded like the Allmans. As I listen to this song, it occurs to me, there’s no doubt Louis has the chops to play pretty much anything he wants.

The cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” shot chills up and down my spine. This is song I’ve heard a million times, both the Stevie Wonder version, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan version. This rendition is similar to neither of those. It’s almost as if the tune had been dragged down South and baptized in the Mississippi river, giving it a brand new life with a thick coat of swampy grit. There’s an uneasy daunting heaviness to it, that’s for sure. That’s what makes this cut so cool and interesting.

Morning Gasoline certainly took me by surprise. After listening to this album, I can honestly say I am now a fan, and will be on the lookout for more to come from The Michael Louis Band.
phillycheezeblues.blogspot.com/ By Phillip Smith

YES! The Michael Louis Band IS GOOD FOR YOU!
By Kendra J. Long This review is from: Morning Gasoline (Audio CD) AMAZON.COM

To quote one of the songs on MORNING GASOLINE "Yes, It's Good For You!" That Willie Dixon gem is one of two covers on this high energy CD. The other is a version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" that perfectly sums up Michael's own description of his sound- "Brooklyn Swamp Music" The nine originals were all penned by band leader Michael Louis with band mate Andrei Sebastian's assistance on "City Boy" "Vanilla Plain" and my favorite tune ""Late September" an evocative ballad that had me longing for the beginning of Autumn. However, it is Spring as I write this and I want to get loose! Michael, Andrei and drummer Keith Crupi get psychedelically crazy (good) on the instrumental "Tazer"
The title track "Morning Gasoline" adds congas to the mix courtesy of Chauncey Yearwood- a perfect way to celebrate ANY season!

ITUNES CUSTOMER REVIEW OF 'MORNING GASOLINE'
Great album! by Glitterina7469

A well-balanced blend of down 'n dirty Rock 'n' Roll, Country, Soul and R&B with exceptional guitar work by Michael Louis who also provides soulful gritty vocals. Standout tracks for me are "City Boy" which may have the most commercially appealing sound with a real nice groove and hook that could easily get stuck in your head, not a bad thing in my opinion. My other favorites are the title track "Morning Gasoline" a somewhat psychedelic rocker with a funky groove to it and "Vanilla Plain" a plaintive ballad. All in all I say it's well worth a listen and a download!

ROCHESTER CITY NEWS (before the show) Man, there's gotta be a lotta things going on in Michael Louis' head. He's clearly a blues-rocker, but just about everything from the vinyl vault sneaks up in his classic bar-band bop. Neither masked nor caped, this Brooklyn 'n' bread guitar slinger cops the hero pose behind some tasty blues, rock and funk. Guitar players watch and wish while the dancers dance and the joint starts to jump. (Frank DeBlase)

ROCHESTER CITY NEWS (after the show) Brooklyn guitarist Michael Louis brought his trio to the Dinosaur (BBQ) for the first time last Wednesday night. Louis is a jukebox mixing and Mish-mashing styles at a whim. His originals are a groovy amalgam of whatever you could want. His covers are tweaked and beautifully wrong; a reggae version of Bobby Fuller's "I Fought The Law," or a Killer version of Hendrix's "Machine Gun". The band played an inspired set playing well off one another with Cheshire grins. (Frank DeBlase)

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Tim Mattox (Traveling Blues Boy)

Michael Louis pours out an ample red party cup of his latest 'Morning Gasoline.'
Recorded last year the CD is composed of mostly original so-called Brooklyn swamp music and the title track "Morning Gasoline" reflects a trippy glimpse into this bands diversity. Like God's angel and the Devil's son, the Michael Louis Band states clearly they earned every bar scar and accolade up and down the East Coast club circuit. The CD only makes you want to see them live. The song "City Boy" takes in the rhythm and boroughs tour, a musical slide uptown that's "Vanilla Plain" then a fast track downtown that rocks the grunge off every "Flower That Blooms." The Michael Louis band is intent on punching your ticket. Even the choice covers present themselves uniquely as the Michael Louis band. Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" takes an eerily haunting drive that builds behind the syncopation of Andrei Sebastian's thudding bass and Keith Crupi's downbeat. It culminates in a whispered death rattle; as it should be. And the MLB tradition of paying homage to the blues originators continues with 'Morning Gasoline.' The band adds a Hendrix-like twist to the Willie Dixon composition "Yes, It's Good for You." Without a doubt, so is this CD! Tim Mattox (Traveling Blues Boy) http://www.travelingboy.com/archive-travel-tim-summertime_blues.html
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