Louis Janelle Blues Band
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Old School Blues, Swamp, Booze & Gumbo by GANGSTERS OF LOVE




Born in Terrebonne Quebec in 1964, Louis Janelle’s musical beginnings were rather peculiar! For instance, he started on a drum set that he put together using old ice cream cans, cardboard boxes and pie plates.
He also built his first electric guitar from a discarded entrance stair! And it kept on. He received his first real electric guitar at 10, a gift from his sister. He played it for almost 4 years with HIS tuning, as musical
knowledge was lacking at the time! Indeed, Louis Janelle is one of those self-thaught people who persevered to major levels of skill in their art.

In the course of his career, he has worked with more than 10 of the best known Blues groups. Since 10 years now, he is working on his solo projects , one of which was nominated for «Album of the Year»
at the 2006 Lys Blues Awards.

He started with, among others, Mojo Blues (and Kevin-Mark ), with Pat Loiselle & the Kitchen Shakers and with Steph Gagnon Blues Gang at Cafe Campus. He then founded the Gangsters of Love Duo with
Gilles Bonenfant; in that group, believe it or not, he sang, played the guitar and the drums with his feet all at the same time. The transition from The Gangsters of Love to Louis Janelle Blues Band allowed him
to concentrate on the guitar and benefit from a full rhythmic section. This group was made to feel very welcome at Blues Festivals and bars of the Province. Louis Janelle Blues Band’s repertoire consists mostly
of Lousianna Swamp Blues in the style of Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Guitar Gable, and others, also of Chicago Blues as played by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, etc....
Their repertoire also includes some Swing, Zydeco, a bit of R&B and even a few Latin rhythms. The search for a variety of rhythms and atmospheres is one of the group’s musical obsessions; This wide variety of
styles and atmospheres inspires the group to personalized original interpretations of old hits of the ‘50s, of some forgotten Blues, of rarities from the ‘60s and of present-day Blues that are familiar to all of us!

Louis Janelle also took part in the production of J.D. Slim’s album that came out this year (2012) and of Bharath and The Rhytm’s one, with Junior Watson and Bob Corritore (two stars from
the West Coast of the States) to come out soon. He also plays with Miche Love & The Blues Dynamite, a group dedicated to the jump blues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDG22XRrqAE&list=UUa_3vYSPK9wVbs52b0rxSHA&index=1&feature=plcp