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High Timin’ Low Life: Chi-Hi Grad Releases Down-to-Earth Debut

Ramblin’ Lou Carver will drop his debut album May 21

Rebecca Mennecke |

BORN, BRED, AND BUTTERED IN CHIPPEWA FALLS. Louis Carver – known to local musicians as
BORN, BRED, AND BUTTERED IN CHIPPEWA FALLS. Louis Slota – known to local musicians as "Ramblin' Lou" – is set to drop his debut bluegrass/country/folk album, High Timin' Low Life on May 21. (Submitted photo)

Louis “Lou” Slota, a Chi-Hi Grad and “born, bred, and buttered” musician from the banks of Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, describes himself as a humble, peaceful creative.

A log splitter by day and folk/bluegrass/country musician by night, Slota – who goes by the stage name Ramblin’ Lou Carver – traces his musical roots to his middle school band teacher, as well as the music of Bob Dylan, Prairie Home Companion, and Peter, Paul, and Mary.

I’m super excited. It’s a little unreal.


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After Dallas Bennett of Bennett Guitar Company introduced Slota to Greg Manning of Aviary Studios, what was once noodling around on a guitar turned into an eight-song debut album, which drops on May 21.

“I’m super excited,” the musician shared. “It’s a little unreal.”

The album – High Timin’ Low Life – was recorded in a remote A-frame cabin in Menomonie after working long hours of manual labor. The recording is raw, giving Slota the exact vibe he’s going for: real, down-to-earth country.

Check out High Timin’ Low Life on Spotify and Bandcamp at