Lou Shields is an Artist, Musician, Skateboarder, Rambler and Teacher who has been living and working in the Chicago area his entire life. He travels extensively, exploring America's urban and rural character and draws on these life experiences when making his work. His original music is rooted in pre and post war 20th century America with a 21st century perspective. He has a deep appreciation for Delta Blues, Country Blues, early Country and beyond. Shields continues that tradition with respect in the 21st century and may best be described as Folk Music. Between the years 2009-2013 Shields released two full-length and 11 EPs recorded live, styled after the field recordings taken by various collectors in the 20th century. In late 2013 Shields released a full album based on a selection of these songs titled “Cold Water Collection”. In January of 2014 he released a studio album titled “American Relic”. In the summer of 2015 he released a vinyl only album called "Deep River". In February of 2017 Lou released "Bad Ax County".