I was just poking around on Youtube to see if anybody had ever written a song about the Battle of Blair Mountain, a disgraceful tale of corporate control resisted in West Virginia. The state and local governments were basically a fiefdom of the coal companies. Believe it or not, the leaders were actually tried for the death penalty for treason against the state in an attempt to break the fledgling United Mine Workers. The prosecutors were not the normal elected people, but coal company attorneys. The leaders were acquitted by juries after getting the case moved to a non-coal producing county. The US government dropped chemical weapons left over from WW1 on our own citizens, although most of the pilots "goofed" and dropped them in the rivers. This is a wonderful song, minimalist, yet poignant, and the unnamed background strings are done just right. This is a near forgotten incident that needs to be memorialized. The miners who died there would be proud.
Duke & Lisa
March 4, 2014
Louise, thanks for getting back to Morganton. It was great to see you again and to spend time with you at Clint & Katie's Sunday too. Hope you made it home safely. Best to Ana.
December 9, 2013
Hey Louise! Great meeting you at Cliff Eberhardt's Nashville house concert gig. Please add me to your mailing list so I can keep in touch with what you're up to! Really enjoyed listening to your music on Home.
Duke and Lisa
June 12, 2013
Louise, so nice to hear that you've been working on another CD. Sorry we did not get to see you over in Robinsville in May. Hope you get back near Morganton soon. Take care & our best to Ana.
Jan & Denning Key
March 12, 2013
Louise, we enjoyed meeting you and getting to hear your music... We loved it!... Looking forward to the next time Grady can get you back down to Texas...
March 11, 2013
Hi Louise, my husband and I really enjoy meeting you and listening to your music at Grady's house concert. I'll work on the KC! Bought a CD online.
February 26, 2013
Hi Louise, we met @ RMFF w/ Rj, Jamie, Annie, Michael & Siobhan..... Let me know when your passing thru Colorado. Hope to see & hear you again soon. Thanx Elva
February 5, 2013
I enjoyed a couple of your songs & look forward to seeing you perform. Grady turned me on to your music. Sounds like a sad year back in 2012, but love your attitude.
December 12, 2012
Louise. I enjoy your music and the images you create immensely. I put my headphones on and I create while listening to your creations. Thank you.
November 22, 2012
You are still as beautiful as I remember from high school. I didn't know you could sing like you do. What an absolutely beautiful voice.
October 22, 2012
I really enjoyed your performance in Jacksonville at the Riverside Arts Market this weekend. I am so glad that I was hungry and at the same time that I sat down to eat you came on stage. I am a proud owner of "Home" and look forward to memorizing several of your special songs. I friended you on facebook because I really appreciate what you do for a living and I think that you have a tremendous gift. My parents recently moved to Gatlinburg, I have decided to plan my visits with them in conjunction with making a trip to Nashville to watch you perform. I wish you all the best!
June 18, 2012
Hey Louise! We'll miss you here in Telluride too!
I'll sport a moustache in your honor!
I'm up here early this year, just takin' in the beauty and the vibe. Wish you were here!
Have a great tour and good luck at Falcon Ridge.
Duke & Lisa
June 17, 2012
Thanks so much for taking time to talk with Alex at the house concert in NYC last night. When I spoke with her this morning for Father's Day she said how much she enjoyed the music and meeting you and Anna.
Safe travels. Hope to see y'all in the south sometime soon.
Duke & Lisa
Duke & Lisa
June 5, 2012
I see that you are playing at a house concert in NYC on June 16th. My daughter, Alex, cannot make it down to see us for my family's reunion because of her rehearsal schedule Father's Day weekend, but she can come to your concert. We have told her all about the times we have seen you and Anna in Morganton and Asheville.
I hope you get to meet her at the house concert. We look forward to seeing you in Morganton or nearby soon.
Duke & Lisa Schell
Mitch and Debie
May 21, 2012
I'm very sorry for your loss. My father just recently passed and I know what a soul twisting experience it can be.
We recently became Louise fans after catching your show at the snowbird lodge and will see you soon in NY at the house concert.
All the best
May 20, 2012
Louise, my family and I were blown away by your performance at the Wildflower Festival yesterday. Such powerful stories told in each song, and your voice is hauntingly beautiful. I look forward to singing along with you in my minivan! I love "never let the truth get in the way of the story." If you ever come through Denton, Tx, I'd love to host a house concert for you.
Julie Livingston (from the Marriott Starbucjks!) wiseruby.net
Duke & Lisa
May 14, 2012
It was great seeing you and Anna again at Clint & Katie's. Thanks again for sharing your music with us. After hearing more about your mom I was thinking of three songs that really touched me that may be of comfort. "One Moment More" by Mindy Smith, "A Better Place" by Glen Campbell and "You Can Close Your Eyes" by James Taylor.
We're thinking of you.
Duke & Lisa
May 5, 2012
So sorry to hear about your Mom. I lost my mom last year and 2 years ago I lost my step-daughter to ovarian cancer. My prayers are with you. We met at
30A at Hibiscus in 2010 then we saw you last year at LaBotana. I hope to see you this summer at SnowBird Lodge. Looks like an awesome place.
Thank you for your awesome music.
Pam and Frank Sapp
Raymond & Jill Clark
April 11, 2012
Louise, We loved the performance at Snowbird. We listened to "Home", all the way home over the Cherohala Parkway, back to Chattanooga. Can't wait to see you at the Chattanooga Market. I see you were at Telluride last year - any chance you're going again this year?
Ramo & Jillo
March 24, 2012
Thanks sooo much for coming to Auburn at the Sundilla location. I bought your cd and it is soo peaceful. Your voice is wonderful and Anna was terrific too. Birmingham will love you! Thanks again for brightening up a beautiful day here with your melodic voice!
Duke and Lisa
February 26, 2012
Thanks for sharing your music with us in Morganton. It was a genuine pleasure to hang out with y'all at Clint and Katie's last night.
Safe travels and keep that great music coming.
Duke & Lisa
December 29, 2011
thank you... enjoyed your song, cd and concert-
hope to see you nest year... soon;]
oh... i would like to hear your music w/o interruption as i tour your site... just a thought;]
December 5, 2011
I met you at NERFA and enjoyed your set at the Formal Showcase. I bought your album immediately and have been enjoying it ever since. You might remember that I gave you one of my own albums in the dining room on the last day and I hope you might have had a chance to listen to it on the way home. Anyway, I think you are a huge talent and love your work so consider me a big fan! Best of luck for 2012 and i hope yo see you again sometime.
September 25, 2011
Just heard "Backroads" on WVPE's (88.1 in South Bend, IN) Back Porch with Al Kniola. Immediately downloaded the disc "Home" from Itunes. Good stuff!! Yay, you!!!
September 10, 2011
hi louise I have heard you before u are very good
September 6, 2011
Hi.I had the honor of going to the Baker Hotel just a few days ago.Its a remarkable building.Just standing outside the Hotel you can since the feeling she use to bring to the city.I hope one day they reopen the doors for the public to see and feel the inside history..Your song is outstanding.I belive the lady that jumped to her death is still there looking for her loss love..
Maybe one day in the future you can come back to the Baker Hotel and preform there raise money to help open the doors to the hotel.
Mark & Jacqueline Jacobsen
August 13, 2011
We all LOVED hearing you at the Bluebird on Thursday! Keep it up and hope to see you again soon. We all thought you did the best.
August 11, 2011
Discovered you through looking into The Black Cat's performance roster ( they are in Irvington, NY).
I have a new online directory of women experts, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, speakers, etc. and I'd love to tell my network about you via an interview, for our weekly enewsletter, SuccessPaths. If that sounds good to you (my editor Eve Gumpel can do this over the phone or via email) let me know.
Wishing you success - love 'Leave Your Gun'!
August 7, 2011
I saw and heard you at the Bluebird Cafe about a week or so ago. We were visiting my daughter,who lives in Franklin.We are a very music oriented family,and as a special treat,my daughter,son-in-law,and grandson suggested a night at the Bluebird. It was wonderful...a very pleasant experience.I have been a music fan for well over 50 years,and I must say...your songs were amazing. We all agreed that your music touched us in many ways.....the imagery painted in your songs was so simple,yet so real....the songs and music made the listener feel as though we were right there in the story. It was a wonderful night and a wonderful performance. Thank you. As an afterthought,I must tell you....I am 60 years old and this is the first fan letter I have ever written. Thank you again for helping to make that night one that will be in my memory for a long time.
July 31, 2011
You were by far my fav artist at the Emerging Artists' Showcase at Falcon Ridge this year. Great songs and a beautiful voice.
Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see you at Club Passim in November!
July 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
Do you have a CD with "Lay It Down" on it ?
June 25, 2011
After listening to you live and all 3 of your albums, I can't help but wonder if your voice would be better through some sort of filtering device - have you ever tried singing through a mustache?
May 19, 2011
I`m the man that in Nashville ask you a sing for Lourdes.
Quite impressed, not only for your marvelous voice and songs but especially for your presence on stage. The sincerity and compromise you transmit. A pity only three songs.
May 16, 2011
Hey Louise, I'm a writer in town too. Would love to co-write sometime.
January 7, 2011
Can't wait for the 30A festival...heard you were great!
December 6, 2010
Thanks again for your wonderful and amazing performace at our little cabin get-together. It truly made our weekend even better. Your voice and lyrics paired with Anna's amazing playing was phenomenal. We are so happy Amy asked you to come.
October 8, 2010
the 2 songs I heard you sing... were amazing.
I look forward to coming out when you play Nashville.
Let me know.
May 21, 2010
We loved you so much at the Richardson Wildflower Festival in Texas on May 15th. Your voice, I mean your voice was so clean and pure that we missed part of your show just to make sure that we got your CD "Home" We just know we are gonna see you on the awards show as the "New up and coming Singing/Songwriter" Tou WILL go far, Louise, and I feel Proud just to have heard you 'way back when'
May 10, 2010
I am sitting here listening to your "Home" CD. I saw you at the "Bluebird Cafe" in April '10 with my brothers and Dad. You were amazing!! Your live performance with just your guitar was mesmerizing!! I could not wait for the other 3 to finish so I could hear your voice again. Thanks for a wonderful memory. I hope to see/hear you play again!
Rick Gould - The Roadhouse Concerts at Savannah's
March 11, 2010
I listened to "Home" and "God lives in Arkansas." I like what I hear. Byron House produced my friends, The Waybacks, last album "Loaded." My friend, John Stewart, who died in 2008, and Nanci Griffith were great friends. Nanci recorded John's "The Ghost inside of Me" and "Armstrong" and sang with John on his song "Sweet Dreams Will Come."
March 6, 2010
I saw you at the 30-A Singer/Songwriter Festival-Rosemary Town Hall venue. My husband and I loved your music and your Taylor, but didn't pick your "Home" C.D. until today. We love it and the folk-Americana sound. Hope to see you next year at the 30-A Singer/Songwriter Festival.
February 16, 2010
This looks really great. Keep up the good work.
February 10, 2010
We are thrilled about the success of your career. Should you ever visit Knoxville, your stage is still set for you in The Gathering Place at Regas!
February 7, 2010
Hey Louise -
Met you last night at Ron and Lilly's - great time, great show. Why don't you have a facebook page? You'd get a bunch of fans!
January 23, 2010
I have visited your website so many times but only just noticed you have a guestbook!
January 13, 2010
I bought your album at an I think what is called a writer's round at a hotel in downtown Nashville.
My husband got your CD for me that night and put it on my iPod.
I listen to it over and over and over....
I put it on my docking station on my desk at work and let everyone enjoy it too.
I have got to download your other albums tonight so I can get more.
Your voice is amazing and your lyrics are very touching and identifiable.
So glad I ended up at that hotel bar that night...
January 2, 2010
Played cuts from HOME is a.m. A great album..thanks for sending it to me.
November 12, 2009
Please keep me advised about "The Battle of Franklin" song that you did at last nights house concert. I have rechecked my information and my great grandfather, T.M. Jennings, was in that battle as part of the 10th Mississippi Infantry Division. We was a memeber of Company K, (Beauregards Relief) from Tippah County, Mississippi. After the defeat at Nashville his unit wintered in Merdian, MS before going to the Carolinas where he was mustered out at the end of the war. He lived in Cotton Plant Mississippi and die at the age of 74. Sorry if this is TMI. Really enjoyed your whole show.
October 17, 2009
Hi, I saw the finalists' concert at Kerrville this year and only bought one cd there all week. Yours. Wish it had more than 5 songs. Please come to Denver to play at Swallow Hill so I can get your new cd. Thanks, Kim
October 7, 2009
Your sister in law (Amy) introduced me to your music along with another artist, whos music I truely love, and I have enjoyed listening to some of your songs. Amy almost drives me nuts with it as anytime we go anywhere the first thing she does is pop in your latest CD (Home) and listens to about 3 of the songs, ( I admit I like them as well just dont tell her LOL) Thank you for sharing your music, which by the sound of it you pour your soul into , with the rest of us.
Thank you. and keep on singing!
September 24, 2009
Louise, you may not remember me, but I am Caroline's cousin. I just finished listening to your new CD (courtesy of Caroline) and I really enjoyed it!! Do you have any videos on the internet?
September 2, 2009
Look forward to the release of your new CD. I am sure all your hard work has paid off and it will be awesome! You go, girl!
August 16, 2009
A lazy Sunday here and I have been sampling your web site music. I really like your song, "Complicated" and will listen to the others later. I will be in Oak Ridge this coming Friday the 21st to hear the Manhattan Blues Project at "Moondollars" in Jackson Square where all the talented Westcott's hangout. If you and Mark have nothing on your calendar and would like to join me there, I'm sure you could sit in and do a few songs.
Catch up with you and Mark later.
July 27, 2009
Remember me. Keith Whitaker's ex wife
June 27, 2009
Your music it GREAT!
It was great meeting you at Matt's wedding. We're looking forward to seeing you perform live. You have inspired me to get back into performing folk music.
we met at Kerrvile. What is your fee to travel to Texas? Are you being promoted by an agency?
June 22, 2009
NOW YOU HAVE MY EMAIL SO THAT YOU CAN INVITE ME TO YOUR SHOWS.
HAVE A GOOD DAY
John & Martye Dorflinger
May 27, 2009
Congratulations on Kerryville win. Your Knoxville entourage is proud and happy for you. Hope to see you in Knoxville soon.
May 6, 2009
Can't wait for your CD!
January 13, 2007
You are so awesome that you can play at our wedding in September.....please?
Cory Fancher (Exit 41 drummer)
October 27, 2006
I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your set at Americana Tonight on Wednesday. Keep it up!!
July 22, 2006
It was a pleasure meeting you in Santa Barbara. I just heard a clip of your music.....excellent! I'll try and get Lindy Donia (the fiddler) to give you a call some day.
Regards to you and Mark,
June 27, 2006
Hey Louise, met you several weeks back at your day job and we chatted for a few. Nice stuff you're doing here! Couldn't find you on myspace, so I just dropped by to say Hi! Cya round!
May 1, 2006
Saw you today at the "day job"... thanks for the conversation! WOW.. you have a new fan. Insightful lyrics (not too muddled down) and what a refreshingly clear yet textured voice your have. I'll see you when I pick up some gin or when we get the chance to go out whith our mutual friend SM... see you soon, and thanks for turning me onto this great music...
I'll be buying your cds this week.
Hero Unit Productions
March 25, 2006
I just purchased your CD's.
I look forward to listening to them. Keep in touch, when we get the Jazz Bar open I would like to get you up to Evansville.
March 1, 2006
Looking Good!!!!!!!!!!! Here's to one of my favorite co-writers!!!! You Go Girl...BLOODY 'ELL!!!!