Louis King BIO

Louis King was born and grew up in, Glasgow, Scotland and was raised on a diet of Motown, Soul and Blues - for which he is eternally grateful.He moved to Australia as a Big nosed teenager in 1972 He came to prominence as a Drummer (as his alter ego Tommy McEwan) in the roots revival in Australia in the early 1980's playing in Soul and Ska Bands Like No Nonsense and The Swingin' Sidewalks. He played for 4 years with legendary Australian Rockabilly band The Straight 8's. 1995 saw his song "Werewolf Baby" released by Sydney disc jockey Doug Mulray. In 1995 Louis King and the Liars Klub also released their debut self-titled album to critical acclaim and picked up the much coveted 'Album of the Year' from Melbourne's Age Newspaper. The next few Years also saw the band play support to legendary acts, Screamin’ J Hawkins B.B King, Jimmie Vaughanand Buddy Guy as well as having their song "Werewolf Baby" nominated for an A.R.I.A. Award. In 1996 Louis King and combo continued making inroads by playing shows all around the country including their first East Coast Blues Festival. With sales of their debut CD still going strong they decided to put off the release of their next album until the following year. Louis King and the Liars Klub released Hoodoo Man1998 the follow up to their critically acclaimed first release, receiving rave reviews and national airplay in its first few weeks of release. What started out as a predominantly blues act has managed to cross over into the mainstream and commercial market because of the broad appeal of Hoodoo Man. With Australia already recognising Louis King and the Liars Klub, with King picking up Best New Male Artist at the Australian Blues Music Awards in '97 - the band have started making inroads into the US market, with a recent CD review in 'Blues Revue' and having the song "Lonesome for Long" featured in a Hollywood movie His song Sweet Little Lott amae recorded by Rockin' Doopsie Jnr in New Orleans.,and His song I “ need a Man ‘ in The ’Underbelly’ Soundtrack.As TV Week's Jeff Jenkins said, "Hoodoo Man will be a favourite with blues aficionados, the cocktail set and people who just love a great groove". After a self imposed hiatus, Louis' 3rd CD "Sharp Like A Bowling Ball" was released in March 2003 and contained 10 new original tracks with a stated aim of making the "blues party album of the year". The album also received great reviews and further consolidated Kings reputation as one of the country's best singer songwriters. Louis King is a dynamic stage performer who has been described as: -"The greatest front man since Ghengis Khan" (Melbourne Herald Sun) and as "Coming out on stage Like a Haggis from Hell" (Brisbane's On The Street) King has performed at the biggest festivals in the country, as well as being chosen to open for Buddy Guy,Screamin' jay Hawkins, B.B. King & Jimmy Vaughan on their Australian tours. Louis King's philosophy is "If I've still got anything left to give after the show I didn't put in a good one". His live sets are legendary feats of showmanship and that makes him a highlight at any festival or event. One taste of his high intensity show will leave you in no doubt as to why.