Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Long Island, New York
Band: Independent
Genres: Pop, Rock, Bluegrass
Instruments: Drummer
Occupation: Musician


Louie Appel is a native of Long Island, New York. Louie Appel's dream was always to become a professional drummer, and his dreams have come true in a big way. Louie Appel is known for his ability to excel in many genres including gospel, bluegrass, rock & roll, and pop. Louie's peers consider him admirably easy to work with.

Louie Appel played with American folk singer John Eddie from 1994 to 2000. Then he began performing with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Louie Appel joined the band playing feel-good music to audiences around the world. Louie said, 'The gig's a lot of fun. Plus these guys are great.' They toured Europe, opening for Bon Jovi for two years, and even opened for Bruce Springsteen. During breaks form Southside Johnny, Louie Appel played with The Demolition String Band out of Hoboken, New Jersey. DSB is considered a 'neo-hilbilly/twang' group.

In 2006, Louie toured with Tom Verlaine (former Television frontman). The Los Angeles Times acclaimed his playing as 'thunderous yet agile,' and The New York Times said that he was 'unshowy and robust.' 

Throughout his career, Louie Appel performed with the following artists: Ronnie Spector, G.E. Smith, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, John Waite, John Eddie, ëNSync, Enya, Phoebe Snow, Tom Verlaine, Debbie Gibson, Bruce Springsteen, John Poppo, Frankie Knuckles, Lattanzi, Jimmy Vivino, Al Kooper, BAC, Mazarin, Greg Kihn, Robert Gordon, Peter Frampton, Leslie West, Robyn, Orlanda Drapper, Paxton, Kerry Kearney, Michelle Penn, Demolition String Band, Gypsy Back Door, Shannon, Greg Garing, Joe Lynn Turner and Mark Seliger.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1989 Electric Youth Debbie Gibson
1996 Blue Guru Jon Tiven's Ego Trip
1996 Gotta Feelin' O'Landa Draper & the Associates
1998 I Can't Complain Phoebe Snow
1998 Paxton Paxton
1999 Best Is Yet to Come Shannon
2001 Brand New Man Freddie Scott
2001 Pulling up Atlantis Demolition String Band
2002 Best Is Yet to Come Shannon
2002 For Christ's Sake! Jon Graboff
2003 Going to Jukesville Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
2005 Every Stone You Throw Mike Younger
2006 At the Candy Shop Alan Merrill
2006 Songs and Other Things Tom Verlaine


  • Louie performed in Willie Nelsonís video, ìMaria (Shut Up and Kiss Me),î with Rob Thomas and Luke Wilson.
  • After eleven years, Louie still uses his first set of GMS Drums on the road.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: GMS
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Evans
Percussion: Rhythm Tech
Sticks: Vater

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