Louka Patenaude emerged from two springs at the same time. While in high school studying jazz with guitar guru Roger Brotherhood he was writing rock records from the drums with the Middleton rock act Sourmouth. While in college he dammed the rock river went down the bebop stream with the Madison jazz scene including Ben Sidran ("Cein Noches" 2008 Nardis Records), The New Breed Quintet (founding member), Paul Hastil, and most everyone else too probably (including a recording session including a recording session Richard Davis on the bass). The surface waters froze suddenly one day, while on guitar chasing an idea upstream to a microphone, Louka developed some bad tendonitis. Dam.
He recovered when the dam broke.
In 2003 Louka started a long crawl from the bottom of a well as he began writing and producing The Optimistic. A dynamic rock river that flows occasionally backwards during the floods into tributaries of folk and country. The Optimistic will be released in 2009. It's refreshing.
These days Louka is building a little fleet to explore the geography better. Currently he is producing a country record as the Fingers which is due early 2010. He also plays lead guitar in Madison's legendary Natty Nation, and continues to play locally and abroad with Ben Sidran.
A dynamic rock n' roll river that, during the floods, flows occasionally backwards into tributaries of folk and country. The Optimistic will be released in 2009. It's refreshing.
Produced by Louka Patenaude