Louiston is a banner under which to assemble a range of trades steadily honed by Lou DiPietro over the course of years: guitarist, singer, songwriter, performer, and producer. Slick, seasoned guitar work, a pure and authentic voice, lyrics that matter, a deep DIY streak, and the production chops to make records on his own terms – these are what make Lou a one-man wrecking crew and one of the savviest, sharpest songwriters in upstate NY, and maybe beyond. With influences ranging from 90s-era “alternative” to the golden, vintage sounds of classic country, Lou mixes them all up into something fresh and uniquely his own – up-tempo, acoustic folk n’ roll, sometimes tender, sometimes caustic, but always human.
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awards, accolades, and notable gigs
Grand Prize, 2020 Tiny Gallery Songwriting Contest, Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Trumansburg, NY (2022); Palmer Opera House, Cuba, NY (2020); Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY (2020, 2018); Southern Tier Biennial, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Olean, NY (2019), and a whole lotta bars and wineries.
I’m small and travel light – my acoustic, a mic, stand, and a small amp. I’ve occupied full stages and tiny barroom corners of little more than 8 square feet. For venues with a PA, I’ll need a direct-in for my acoustic and a vocal mic and stand. Maybe a chair. That’s it.