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THE MICHAEL LOUIS BAND / Press

“1/15/15 TMLB's Late September (Morning Gasoline) has broken 200 (201) spins on WRRW 102.5 FM, Willamsburg, VA. Thank you WRRW! We're in good company! Michael Louis Band - Late September - AMA 07 201 Moe - Blond Hair and Blue Eyes - AMA 07 201 Nils Lofgren - World On A String - AMA ROOTS 07 130 Old Crow Medicine Show - Brushy Mountain - AMA AAA 07 166 Olds 97s - Longer Than Youve Been Alive - AMA 07 236 Paul McCartney - Save Us - AAA 07 236 Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt - AAA 07 201 Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why - Madeline - AMA 07 166 Rachael Sage - English Tea - AAA 07 87 Raul Midon - I Can See For Miles - AMA 07 87 Robert Cray - Nobodys Fault But Mine - AAA 07 106 Robert Plant - Rainbow - AAA 07 130 Ryan Adams - Gimme Something Good - AMA”

WRRW 102.5 FM, Willamsburg, VA.

“PART 1 (Tim Mattox aka Traveling Blues Boy review of 'Morning Gasoline) Recorded last year the CD is composed of mostly original so-called Brooklyn swamp music and the title track "Morning Gasoline" reflects a trippy glimpse into this bands diversity. Like God's angel and the Devil's son, the Michael Louis Band states clearly they earned every bar scar and accolade up and down the East Coast club circuit. The CD only makes you want to see them live. The song "City Boy" takes in the rhythm and boroughs tour, a musical slide uptown that's "Vanilla Plain" then a fast track downtown that rocks the grunge off every "Flower That Blooms." The Michael Louis band is intent on punching your ticket.”

“PART 2 (Tim Mattox aka Traveling Blues Boy review of 'Morning Gasoline') Even the choice covers present themselves uniquely as the Michael Louis band. Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" takes an eerily haunting drive that builds behind the syncopation of Andrei Sebastian's thudding bass and Keith Crupi's downbeat. It culminates in a whispered death rattle; as it should be. And the MLB tradition of paying homage to the blues originators continues with 'Morning Gasoline.' The band adds a Hendrix-like twist to the Willie Dixon composition "Yes, It's Good for You." Without a doubt, so is this CD!”

“5 Star Review on Amazon To quote one of the songs on MORNING GASOLINE "Yes, It's Good For You!" That Willie Dixon gem is one of two covers on this high energy CD. The other is a version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" that perfectly sums up Michael's own description of his sound- "Brooklyn Swamp Music" The nine originals were all penned by band leader Michael Louis with band mate Andrei Sebastian's assistance on "City Boy" "Vanilla Plain" and my favorite tune ""Late September" an evocative ballad that had me longing for the beginning of Autumn. However, it is Spring as I write this and I want to get loose! Michael, Andrei and drummer Keith Crupi get psychedelically crazy (good) on the instrumental "Tazer" The title track "Morning Gasoline" adds congas to the mix courtesy of Chauncey Yearwood- a perfect way to celebrate ANY season!”

“Part 1, Bman Blues Review of 'Morning Gasoline' I just received the newest releae, Morning Gasoline, from the Michael Louis Band and it's pretty sweet. Opening with the title track, Morning Gasoline, Louis rocks out with light latin rhythms and super guitar strokes. Featuring Louis on vocal and lead guitar, Andrei Sebastian on bass and keys, Keith Crupi on drums and featuring Chauncey Yearwood on congas this track moves.”

“Part 2, Bman Blues Review of 'Morning Gasoline' R&B influenced City Boy has just a taste of contemporary neo soul with a slick lag rhythm that made Snoopy famous. I really like this track as it just lays in the groove. Makin' Time starts off sounding like Dickey Betts and Les Dudek on twin guitar leads. With a bit of a calypso beat this track has a happy feel and should hit the sweet spot for those southern rock fans. Late September is a simple but nice ballad with a Becker/Fagan feel. A clever little tune that could easily win significant airplay. Next up is Stevie Wonder/Jeff Beck track Superstition. This is an interesting interpretation of the song that falls right square between Beck's R&B rocker and Wonder's funky R&B performance. Cool! Flower That Blooms has a little bit of a Blue Oyster Cult feel with the bass work from early Sabbath. A solid rocker with driving drums, hard not to like.”

“Part 3, Bman Blues Review of 'Morning Gasoline' One Time has a taste of Led Zep with a bit of a back beat. Slide guitar work under the melody is a nice touch. Louis steps up on this track with a cool guitar solo and Crupi and Sebastian hold down the bottom. Vanilla Plain is a country rock influenced ballad. This song is about the vocal and guitar harmonies. Well done. Tazer is an instrumental James Brown funky light but without the horns. Sebastian carries his weight nicely on organ and bass and Louis rips a pretty nice guitar solo on this track as well. Willie Dixon's Yes, It's Good For You, has some deep funk but vocal work that sounds quite a bit like Donald Fagan. Louis digs in on guitar with the help of a wah wah making this track a lot of fun. The release is completed by When You Used to Be Mine, a basic rocker with a basic blues guitar riff with a Keith Richards twist. (Think Seeger's "That Old Time Rock and Roll"). Nice track to wrap up a cool release.”

“I Tunes Customer Review of 'Morning Gasoline' Great album! by Glitterina7469 A well-balanced blend of down 'n dirty Rock 'n' Roll, Country, Soul and R&B with exceptional guitar work by Michael Louis who also provides soulful gritty vocals. Standout tracks for me are "City Boy" which may have the most commercially appealing sound with a real nice groove and hook that could easily get stuck in your head, not a bad thing in my opinion. My other favorites are the title track "Morning Gasoline" a somewhat psychedelic rocker with a funky groove to it and "Vanilla Plain" a plaintive ballad. All in all I say it's well worth a listen and a download!”

“Part 1 (Translated from Dutch) www.rootstime.be THE BAND MICHAEL LOUIS - MORNING GASOLINE "Morning Gasoline" is pleasant for us acquainted with The Michael Louis Band. The trio, originating from South Brooklyn, NY, in addition to Louis playing the guitar and singing takes care of, too Andrei Sebastian on bass and keyboards and Keith Crupi on drums, presents us with an album that fans of Souhern Rock and also Blues will know to speak. The title track may open the release and is actually a business card of what you can expect. Before the rest of the album There is perhaps discern some Latin influence, but it is surely the great guitar riffs and impressive percussion work that most stand out. The input of guest musician Chauncey Yearwood should be noted. Congas on The funky, soul fuller "City Boy" that follows is undeniably more R & B tinged but know us primarily textual enchant.”

“Part 2 www.rootstime.be What follows then made us more pleasure. The Southern Rock song "Makin 'Time" with excellent strings game is a real feel-good song as the subsequent "Late September" where the rhythm is what brought down, but the keys and play guitar really is to feast. The absolute highlight of the album is their version of "Superstition". Only the text of the Stevie Wonder song remains recognizable. The hard, glitzy bluesy rock 'n' roll version that we hear here is what we are concerned, much better than the original song, which wants to say something. That same line is harder to our great pleasure extended to "Flower That Blooms". Driving drum part and a structure where you can smoothly go through headbanging. What power also that pumping bass!”

“Part 3 www.rootstime.be The high level remains held in the more psychedelic blues song "One Time" where you spontaneously Led Zeppelin will make up for the mind. The slide interwoven makes it even more impressive for us. What to country-rock-leaning "Plain Vanilla" is even simply excellent. Good work again by Sebastian who do not happen to the song along with Louis wrote. The instrumental "Tazer" let participate fully heard. Musical talent of the band members The funky rocking song houses a fine guitar solo by Michael but leaves much Andrej shine on the keys. Less enthusiastic we are again on their version of Willie Dixon's "Yes, It's Good For You." The funky approach did not have to do as we are concerned in this release, the songs are strong enough. That proves the closing "When You Used To Be Mine", although rather sober or classic as you want, makes this bluesy rocker a full end to a great album. Lovers of the styles have cited this band definitely a listen. Luc Meert”

"South New York" Michael Louis Band CD REVIEW (Part 1) Brooklyn’s Michael Louis Band is a hard working, big sounding and righteous power Blues trio that cuts to the chase and drives on. Louis has found the Seger boogie and the sublimely rocking profundity of Cream. These guys may be from the 3rd city but here, North is definitely meeting South. These sessions were recorded across Dixie in Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Tupelo, MS. And, to show how they were received, Roland James said “you guys may be from New York but it must be South New York.” These recordings really got the “stank” they were seeking. This disk is rife and full with soul, funk, country, Southern rock or even what we LIer’s call “psychedelta.” The band of Eric Kalb (D), Andrei Sebastian (B) and Michael Louis (G,V) have lots of back and experience and together, they crunch.

Mark Gresser - Dr. Blues Regional CD Reviews

"South New York" Michael Louis Band CD REVIEW (Part 2) Guests include Travis Wammack who produced and played some axe and Wayne Chaney who did well hitting things along with Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Reilly of Sun Studio fame. Feedback and fuzz, sliding and grinding and rapid fire axe share time with soulful stretching out like in opener “Ain’t That Kinda Man.” “Shade Tree” pops and funks like it has no backbone. Allman Brothers imbues “Let It Go”, “Molly” is an acoustic Ragtime tribute to a certain kind of lady and “Cause of Us” Cissily struts like Nocentelli, Batiste and Porter. Heavy is all you need to know about “Reasons and Seasons.” Probably the coolest cut to flow across my tympanic membranes in a while is a deep North MS take on “I Fought the Law”! These guys bring it from the woods to the city. Krang! - Mark Gresser

Mark Gresser - Dr. Blues Regional CD Reviews

"South New York” The Michael Louis Band CD REVIEW (PART 1) Blues-rock has been written off more times than Jimmy Page. Yet every once in a while there’s a record with one foot in bellbottomed past and one in the present, reminding music heads that rattlesnake riffs - when paired with soulful songs -.are always in style. “South New York” is one of those platters. Brooklyn guitarist Michael Louis is an absolute tone pimp. The album’s toothy guitar sounds hold their own against those by better-known revivalists such as Marc Ford and Derek Trucks. The freakout fuzz on “Shade Tree” echoes “Truth”-era Jeff Beck, but Louis’ technique has modern sophistication, a la Warren Haynes. As jaw-dropping as Louis’ solos can be, he always plays for the song and his whiskey-throated vocals are supported throughout by the muddy propulsion of drummer Eric Kalb and bassist Andrei Sebastian.

Matt Wake - MORE SUGAR MAGAZINE

"South New York” The Michael Louis Band CD REVIEW (PART 2) On “Ain’t That Kind of Man,” greasy bottleneck weaves between garage organ blips. “Shade Tree” is soaked in New Orleans grit. There’s also stoner sway (“Saturday Night”), high-cholesterol interludes (“Let It Go”) and ZZ Top scuzz rock (“Let Me Love You”). The album’s grits-n-gravy looseness is no accident. The 13-song set was tracked at Tuscumbia, Ala.’s MSMM Recording, Tupelo, Miss.’s Hi-Ridge Recording and Sam Phillips Recording. Although “South New York” includes brief detours into 12-bar shuffles, it spends most of its time highlighting what Louis does best: unearthing new classic rock gems. (M. B. Wake)

Matt Wake - MORE SUGAR MAGAZINE

“Neither masked nor caped, this Brooklyn 'n' bread guitar slinger cops the hero pose behind some tasty blues, rock and funk. Guitar players watch and wish while the dancers dance and the joint starts to jump. - Frank De Blase ”

Frank De Blase - ROCHESTER CITY NEWS

“Michael Louis is a jukebox mixing and Mish-mashing styles at a whim. His originals are a groovy amalgam of whatever you could want. The band played an inspired set playing well off one another with Cheshire grins. - Frank De Blase”

Frank De Blase - ROCHESTER CITY NEWS

“Brooklyn, New York born Michael Louis grew up listening to the rock 'n' roll music that his parents loved, and so, for this release, he and his band travelled south to record in Memphis and imbibe the feel of those 50's and 60's greats. Co-produced by Travis Wammack, himself a 16-year-old prodigy in the 60's, this trio have forged a CD that is heavy on rhythm, riff, distortion and rock - all interspersed with lighter moments of funk (Shade Tree), country (Country Girl) and southern rock (Saturday Night). "Let It Go" is very reminiscent of early Allman Brothers, with some pleasant slide playing. In "Super Directional", Louis has nailed a superb rockabilly track. The final song on the album is perhaps the real reason that Louis and the band travelled south. "Memphis Sound" is very much a tribute to those early rock 'n' roll pioneers, played in the spirit of those times, and with Sun Records legends Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley singing on the track.”

Merv Osborne - BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE (U.K.)

“South New York - MMM...Records The Michael Louis Band CD REVIEW Our first "Impression" on the first track of of this CD was, "Wow, the vocals sound a lot like Bob Seger." This led us to be a bit skeptical, as we don't like to approach a review with preconceived notions. The further along we got into the tracks however, the more the CD began to weave it's magic. The mostly original tunes display a great deal of stylistic variety. Songs like "Country Girl," "Let It Go,"and "Molly" had us enjoying, tapping, and wanting to sing along. We like to feel good, and music that makes us feel good is a good thing. The CD contains great tunes arranged and performed with an abundance of musical twists and turns. We'll spin this one again. ”

“Deep South meets New York in the Michael Louis Bands new CD: "SOUTH NEW YORK" ”

“(Part 1) Morning Gasoline is the latest release from The Michael Louis Band, a funky little blues group from Brooklyn, NY. The band consists of frontman/guitarist/vocalist Michael Louis, bassist/keyboard player Andre Sebastian, drummer Keith Crupi, and special guest Chauncey Yearwood on congas. Morning Gasoline captures the Rock and Roll spirit of the Seventies with great song writing, and top-notch performances. Louis skillfully blends Blues and Funk, with a bit of Southern Rock. I really like the way the title track, “Morning Gasoline”, gets the heart pumping. I’ve been using this as a ‘go-to’ song to help wake me up on my morning drive to work. This one is really great fuel to start the morning off with.”

“(Part 2) The guitar is very enjoyable and I love the driving beat provided by Crupi on drums and Yearwood on congas. When I hear Louis’s voice on “City Boy”, “Late September”, and “Vanilla Plain”, I immediately think of Elvis Costello and John Hiatt, both singer/songwriters I hold in high regards. There is slow infectious groove to “City Boy”, which pulls me in like a magnet. Plain and simply, “Late September” is just a beautiful song. I like the tinny single guitar note accents which give it an added layer of character to it. Reminiscent of the funky instrumentals on the Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In sequences revolving around a dancing, bikini-clad, flower-powered Goldie Hawn, “Tazer” is one big bowl of fun. Interestingly, it slowly morphs itself from fun and funky, into a warm bath of psychedelia. “Makin’ Time” another enjoyable treat, has that bluesy southern rock sound akin to the music of the Allman Brothers, with that slide guitar and piano.”

“(Part 3) It really surprised me how much Louis on guitar, and Sebastian on keys sounded like the Allmans. As I listen to this song, it occurs to me, there’s no doubt Louis has the chops to play pretty much anything he wants. The cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” shot chills up and down my spine. This is song I’ve heard a million times, both the Stevie Wonder version, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan version. This rendition is similar to neither of those. It’s almost as if the tune had been dragged down South and baptized in the Mississippi river, giving it a brand new life with a thick coat of swampy grit. There’s an uneasy daunting heaviness to it, that’s for sure. That’s what makes this cut so cool and interesting.Morning Gasoline certainly took me After listening to this album, I can honestly say I am now a fan, and will be on the lookout for more to come from The Michael Louis Band.”

“(Part 1) Hailing from Gravesend, South Brooklyn, The Michael Louis Band’s album Morning Gasoline successfully intertwines urban and rural values to create a sound that will appeal to city-dwellers and country folk alike. With heavy guitar riffs that seem to point to the band’s Hendrix and Zeppelin influences, alongside the album’s more southern rock oriented tracks like “Late September” and “Makin’ Time,” Morning Gasoline is an album that will appeal to blues lovers across the country and beyond. With Michael Louis on guitar and vocals, Andrei Sebastian on bass, keyboard and backing vocals, and Keith Crupi on drums, sit back and relax as”

“(Part 2) The Michael Louis Band satisfies your appetite for genuine blues. The opening track “Morning Gasoline” is a great teaser for the rest of the album’s sound. Drawing from southern rock, the track delivers a sound that is relaxing and pleasurable with some great percussion. Aside from Crupi on drums, special guest Chauncey Yearwood appears here on the congas. As with most of the songs, Sebestian’s keyboarding and bass playing are both crucial for the groove of this track. The second track, “City Boy,” strays away from the southern rock vibe for a more soulful and funky sound as the band pays homage to the fabulous NYC. Home is where the heart is for this band, and as Louis sings: “you can take the boy out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of this boy.” “Makin’ Time” is a laid-back track that would be a great soundtrack for a summer day, with Louis confessing:”

“(Part 3) “Makin’ time is all I wanna do, and I’ll spend all my time here with you.” “Makin’ time is all I wanna do, and I’ll spend all my time here with you.” “Late September” is a slower, ballad-like track with a southern rock feel. Sebastian’s keyboard makes its way front and center here, and Louis’ solo is definitely worth listening closely to. The album’s Stevie Wonder cover, “Superstition,” takes a funky soul song and infuses it with some hard rock and roll and serious blues. “Flower That Blooms” might be the album’s most powerful and energized track, a definite head-banger. “One Time” showcases another side to The Michael Louis Band with a psychedelic blues sound. “Vanilla Plain” is another soulful track, with a nice groovy Sebastian bass line that happens to be my favorite on the album. Tazer is a really fun instrumental track with plenty of funk and rock and roll to get get anyone off their feet. Louis’s guitar work here is an exce”

“(Part 4) Yearwood’s congas make a third appearance here after “Morning Gasoline” and “Makin’ Time,” and make a perfect addition to the soulful, upbeat track. The Michael Louis Band closes the album with the very bluesy “When You Used To Be Mine,” a great closing track, wrapping up the album nicely with a sound that brings many of the band’s musical approaches together. Louis’s songwriting on Morning Gasoline is definitely solid and enjoyable, and Louis, Sebastian and Crupi have a great musical rapport throughout the album as a whole. This album will make a great listen for southern rock fans as well as R&B and soul fans. Taking a little bit of the South and mixing it with the edginess and vibrant, eclectic energy of New York City, The Michael Louis Band has clearly created something fresh and exciting with Morning Gasoline. The Review: 7.5/10 Can’t Miss Tracks: -Morning Gasoline-City Boy-Late September- Flower That Blooms The Big Hit - Morning Gasoline”

“(PART 1) HOLY SMOKES and GEE WIZ! The Michael Louis Band brings one of the most impressive rock n' roll projects we've heard this year. On the band's latest release, Morning Gasoline, The MLB brings their own brand of tasty treats wrapped in what they call, "Brooklyn Swamp Music". This sound is like a slice of NYC pizza pie, with a big ole glass of country Georgia sweet tea on the side. Get your earpetite ready for one of the greatest musical feasts its ever had. Opening up the album is the title track, "Morning Gasoline", which is a smash hit in my book. The song is well written, and Michael Louis delivers a great vocal performance atop some of the hottest music production in circulation today. It's not easy to produce a song that, if given the right exposure, would land a band in heavy rotation at top rock stations and likely a Grammy nod. If you want to hear how great blues-rock music should be done, check out this track.”

“(Part 2) In addition to the title track, The Michael Louis Band offers their own rendition of Stevie Wonder's classic hit, "Superstition," and I must say, "The boys killed it!" The fact that The MLB even had the gonads to try it is a reason to give it a listen, not to mention show some serious respect to them for doing a great job interpreting one of Stevie's greatest songs. Overall, both The Michael Louis Band and their album, Morning Gasoline, are both major assets to the music industry. This band's contributions to the artform of crafting great songs are appreciated by the folks at I Am Entertainment Magazine. If you're looking for the perfect gift to give this Christmas holiday, and the recipient is a fan of great rock n' roll music, this is a great option.”

“(Part 1) This 11-track album opens on the titular “Morning Gasoline” which intros the band’s signature sound complete with a touch of southern rock influence. It also features guest musician Chauncey Yearwood on the congas. The second selection is “City Boy”. This seems to be a bit of a tuneful tip of the hat to New York City. Sure, a lyric like “you can take the boy out of the city/but you can’t take the city out of this boy” may not be groundbreaking but, hey, this is Sebastian’s tribute to the town from whence they came. Speaking of tributes, “Makin’ Time” is a laid-back Louis composition for “the brothers from Macon, Georgia” as well as “a song about coming home”. Yearwood returns on the congas. It’s followed by “Late September” which, as advertised, is a “bluesy, mellow, introspective” ballad with a noteworthy guitar solo thrown in for good measure. Next is an interesting cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” which is more Beck tha”

“(Part 2) and swampy blues. Covers work well to help new listeners feel more comfortable especially if a band adds its own touch without making the music unrecognizable.“Flower That Blooms” follows. This is apparently an early favorite of fans & critics alike. It’s a rockin’ blues shuffle & works well for the band’s I.D. & M.O. The next number is the psychedelic blues bit titled “One Time”. It’s perhaps a bit too quickly followed by “Vanilla Plain” which features a nice underlying bass line. “Tazer” is an instrumental that works well as an effective aural pallet cleanser. The tenth track is “Yes It’s Good For You” which is an exceptional, original cover of an old Willie Dixon ditty. The album end-note is the blues-tinged rocker “When You Used To Be Mine” which ties it all down as the closing cut Overall, it is an eclectic blend of blues, New York attitude & Hendrix and Led Zeppelin influences. Should you check out The Michael Louis Band’s Morning Gaso”

“THIS JUST IN: Review of TMLB from The Ripple Effect Blog via Reverbnation. Their site is cool. Check out our review and then check out the rest. http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2012/09/it-came-from-reverbnation-8.html The Michael Louis Band – Can you say Southern power trio? I can! If I didn’t know any better, I’d have sworn that the song submitted by this band was recorded in the mid-1970s by some peers of The Allman Brothers Band. The fact that the band’s base of operations is Brooklyn, NY is downright shocking! Seriously. Great vocals, great instrument work, fantastic groove…this band has captured my interest! Check them out waveriders. http://www.reverbnation.com/themichaellouisband”

“The Michael Louis Band "South New York" interesting stuff and more up my alley, roots, bluesy jammy, raw, southern ... yea i dug this one and they can play for blues crowds, jam crowds, roots crowds ... production decent and over all, dug it Michael Louis Band with some touring, i imagine they do, will probably gain fans from all genrés ... i put MLB in my iTunes and will probably play some cuts from time to time”

“Michael- you guys rock! Thanks to you and your band for being so awesome at our wedding. Literally, everyone danced for the entire time that you played. It was incredible and SO fun! ”

“I Am Entertainment Magazine Review of "South New York" May 2011 PART 1...The Michael Louis Band is a good old fashioned rock-and-roll band with a blues undercarriage. The bands newest release, "South New York", is some of the best music available in the genre so you don't want to ignore it. One of Michael's best songs is "Shade Tree". The tune embodies a great blues roots vocal performance, while the musical performance provides a high octane rock-and-roll backdrop. You'll find yourself singing along with Louis, but try not to get too excited because You'll wake up the next day without a voice trying to match this guy's amazing vocal range.”

Reviewer: Senseitional - I Am Entertainment Magazine

“I Am Entertainment Magazine Review of "South New York" PART 2...I also grew quite fond of the song "Ramblin' With That Woman" where Michael Louis talks about losing everything he's got, including his desire to care about the stuff that used to matter, after dealing with a trouble making woman. This time the band's musical production provides an expressive Blues/Rock sound that fits the message in the song perfectly. Out of the 13 songs + 1 interview on the album, there's more than enough great music to enjoy, so check it out. ”

Reviewer: Senseitional - I Am Entertainment Magazine