Louis Pain

 
 

The King Louie Organ Trio

The King Louie Organ Trio, featuring Renato Caranto, sax; Edwin Coleman III, drums; and Louis on organ, has been playing together for years, both as an instrumental unit and with vocalist LaRhonda Steele (as "King Louie & LaRhonda Steele").  But their first instrumental CD--featuring all-original material and appropriately titled, "It's About Time"--is only being released in late March, 2019.  Basically, the guys just got tired of friends and fans asking when they were going to put out a CD of their own!

Louis and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for over two decades now.  The two first teamed up as seminal members of the 
Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group when that band, dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature group” by The Oregonian, began its 20-year run on Thursdays at Jimmy Mak’s in 1997.  (The Mel Brown unit, still featuring Louis & Renato, now holds forth at the Jack London Revue). 

Along the way, Louis and Renato have played countless other gigs together: at Jimmy Mak’s, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest.  Whether working in big venues or small, in large groups or as a duo, the chemistry between these two world-class musicians is unmatched.  They simply love playing together, and audiences love watching and listening to them!  The same goes for their partner in crime: the ultra-creative and entertaining drummer Edwin Coleman III.


In 2017, Louis and Renato, along with Edwin (then with Soul Vaccination), played on the critically acclaimed "Rock Me Baby" CD with LaRhonda.  A year later, the three played together on Louis' "King Louie's Blues Revue" CD (LaRhonda was joined by additional vocalists Andy Stokes and Lisa Mann on that recording.)  Both CDs, released on Louis' "Shoug Records" label, were honored among the "Best Albums of the Year" by Downbeat (2017 & 2018 respectively).

There will be a CD release event for "It's About Time" on March 25, 2019 at the Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego, OR.  Details for that gig and subsequent CD release events will be viewable at this website on the gig calendar.

 

 
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King Louie & Renato Caranto

left to right: Louis "King Louie" Pain, Edwin Coleman III, Renato Caranto

 
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curtain call at Bend, Oregon's "Jazz at Joes" series