King Louie and the Loose Diamonds

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King Louie and the Loose Diamonds power pop Royal Pendletons

For the past 15 years, New Orleans dynamo King Louie Bankston has blazed a ragged, righteous trail — from drumming with garage iconoclasts the Royal Pendletons to guiding the Black Rose Band's southern-rock/power-pop collision. Albums by the short-lived Bad Times, the star-crossed Exploding Hearts, and the ever-evolving King Louie One Man Band (to name just a few of his many projects) have systematically revealed that behind all the wild Cajun caterwauling lurks a supremely talented songwriter. Bankston is even more amped on Memphis Treet, which features stellar playing by the genre-defying Loose Diamonds. They're equally at home with finger-pickin' country ("Girl in the Holler"), power-chord-heavy garage soul ("Gypsy Switch"), and spooky late-night gospel ("Burning Sands"). Steel guitar and sanctified organ bring a soulful timelessness to Louie's lyrical immediacy, making Memphis Treet one of the most stunning albums of his varied career.

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