Louis Pain



My big news is the debut CD of my instrumental trio, King Louie's Organ Trio, featuring Renato Caranto on sax and Edwin Coleman III on drums.  The CD, appropriately titled, "It's About Time," features all original material: 11 tunes composed by me--primarily over the past few months--and one each by Renato and Edwin.  Each song on the album is named after and inspired by an important person in our lives.  We are being joined by three very special guests: Portland legend Mel Brown on drums, and a pair of truly amazing guitar players: Dan Faehnle (Diana Krall; Pink Martini) and Bruce Conte (Tower of Power).  Needless to say, we are super excited!

We've already recorded all thirteen songs; that took just two days!  The only other thing to do is a couple percussion overdubs, then we will be ready to have the CD mixed, mastered, and sent off for manufacture.  The CD really captures our spontaneity and sound.  It was recorded on tape--with zero editing--by Long Play Recording's owner & engineer Jim Hage, who is a sticker for natural-sounding, retro recording.

We have a pair of CD release events scheduled so far: April 8 at the Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego, and April 10 at the Jack London Revue in Portland.  Details about these gigs, including ticket links, can be found at my website calendar.


The 2018 release (honored as one of Downbeat's "Best Albums Of the Year"), “King Louie’s Blues Revue: Live At Riverhouse Jazz,” features an all-star line-up of Portland’s top vocalists (LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann) & instrumentalists (Peter Dammann, Renato Caranto, Edwin Coleman III, Louis), plus Bay Area trombone great Danny Armstrong.  The recording captured all the magic of one of Louis’ all-time favorite gigs as his 8-piece “dream group” entertained an ecstatic audience in a sophisticated nightclub setting.  Check out what the reviewers wrote:


"Portland-based organ player Louis “King Louie” Pain, one of the most soulful sitting at the console today, directs the spontaneous big fun of a gig in Bend, Oregon. Veterans Andy Stokes and LaRhonda 'Portland’s First Lady of the Blues' Steele set their vocals strongly in the intermixed blues, soul, jazz and r&b instrumentals of a specially assembled band that includes venerable Bay Area trombonist Danny Armstrong and bassist-singer-songwriter Lisa Mann. The set takes a provocative turn with ultra-sensual songs by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Willie Dixon and B.B. King."   —Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat, February 2018 (4-star review)


“If you love old soul and funk you need to hear King Louie’s Blues Revue.” —Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene!


“A spontaneous, fun-filled celebration of old style soul, blues and funk.”  —William Buckley, Soul and Jazz and Funk (UK)


 “Boy, did Louis Pain ever put together something magical…Live At Riverhouse Jazz is one of those exciting moments on stage where everybody is bringing their best and then some. If you have attended one of these shows, you’re going to smile from the memories retained from being there.  For those who have not, this is going to be the next best thing until you can make it to one yourself.”  —Greg Johnson, Blues Notes, Cascade Blues Association


To purchase the CD, or just to read more about it and listen to sample clips, click here.

Louis and vocalist LaRhonda Steele released their first CD together in 2016, and it generated a lot of buzz!  Downbeat gave the CD four out of a possible five stars.  The prestigious magazine also made the CD one of the handful of nominees for "Blues Album of the Year" in the 2016 Downbeat Critic's Poll and later honored it as one of the "Best Albums of 2016."  Longtime Downbeat critic/Grove Press author Frank-John Hadley wrote, “Rock Me Baby, with its indomitable uprush of high-quality blues and jazz, is one of the few truly outstanding albums of 2016.”  Additional rave reviews poured in from France, Italy, the UK, Germany, Croatia, and Spain!  


To purchase the CD, or just to read more about it and listen to sample clips, click here.