After Karter Louis closed the “Louisville restaurateur” chapter of his life in December when he shuttered Hillbilly Tea, he found solace in his first true love — music. Louis was no stranger to the industry and even made a name for himself in the early 2000s as a trip-hop performer. But this time, he’s channeling his blues.
Louis plans to release his first blues album, “Dirty Dirty Blue,” in July, but on Tuesday, May 2, he’s introducing the album’s first single to give his fans something to bide their time. “I Got ‘Em Bad” will be available to stream through Louis’ website, and there’s a video on Vimeo.
Louis assembled his backing band, which he calls the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Band, from a pool of talented musicians in the area, and they quickly got up to speed on the blues genre and history. He says he’s loved the blues since he was a child and recalls his father listening to the greats.
“For some reason, when my dad died, it all started,” Louis tells Insider. “I started recording and studying more and more. I plan on singing the blues for the rest of my life.”
Moving forward, he plans to concentrate on his music, although he will take some time this fall to reprise his role as Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter in Acting Against Cancer’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Keep up to date on Louis’ travels on his website, and plan on seeing him out more as we near the July release date of “Dirty Dirty Blue.”
Before he puts the finishing touches on the album, Louis answered some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I think it would surprise most that I don’t have a Bucket List. My life has been amazing — along for the ride.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
Oddly enough, I would give to Greg Fischer. He’s a great mayor, but from what I see firsthand as a friend, he’s an amazing citizen. So many unspoken acts and deeds.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Honestly I’m not a fan of pizza — the ultimate lazy food. But I do love the one with the egg on it, I think at Garage Bar.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
This one (51)! I’m not a should-have, would-have, could-have person. I’m happy to be here on this earth today.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
Eddie Murphy when I was younger.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
The Dalai Lama