Born in Terrebonne Quebec, Louis Janelle’s musical beginnings were rather peculiar! For instance, at eight years old, 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 Lousiana 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....
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