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 now being released (in April, 2019).  Basically, the guys just got tired of friends and fans asking when they were going to put out a CD of their own.  Then Tracy Turner-Pain put her foot down and said, "It's about time!"

The first "It's About Time" CD release will be on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego, OR.  The Portland CD release will happen two days later: on Wednesday, April 10 at the Jack London Revue.  (The ticket links are highlighted.)

[Note: On March 22, Louis suffered a major heart attack.  But he's feeling fine now, and the CD release parties are going forward as planned.  To learn more about the heart attack and check out Louis' interviews about that incident--and the new CD--go to the "News" tab at this website.]

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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).

 

 
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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