“I guess you can take a man out of music, but you can't take the music out of the man”
Born in 1953 Piet started making music (his first love) from his childhood up. When he was 15, he wrote his first songs and he went on writing better and better, resulting in recording a single in 1977 at EMI. Meanwhile he was a singer/guitar player in several cover-bands but in 1987 he was tired of making music and it was time to do his second love; working on a farm.
For twenty years he spent his time with driving tractors, milking cows and all the other hard work as a hand.
But blood is thicker than water and like many other musicians at that age, he got a mind to make music again.
Earned enough money for living for the rest of his life, he made himself familiar with digital recording with endless possibilities, wrote new songs and in 2012 he had enough stuff to release his album "Footprints In The Sand", which was only released regional.
And he went on and on, writing new songs and recording and in 2015 he finished his second album CD "THE FAIR STORY".
It's the fair story about power, religion, indoctrination, oppression, exploitation, the human race, overpopulation, people, death and believe in god.
In 2016 he worked on a remix of his album CD "FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND" , as he was unhappy with the sound of the 2012 version and brought it to the world in the Fall of 2016. This album is about his life, starting on how he returned to music after a twenty years intermission. Then it's about some events in his life losing some beloved friends but also about nature and how he's thinking about life and death. Futher on, on this 16 track album, it sounds like a parting, but he hopes it's not!
In 2016 Piet was contacted by a certain Omar Jallow, a young boy from Gambia, who asked for attention for his poor situation.
Although nothing appeared to be that this person really existed and he was probably a deceiver, who wanted to take advantage of the misery of others and therefore Piet broke off the contact after some time, his story was so realistic that it called Piet's attention to the misery in which many people find themselves in the third world countries.
In recent years, Western countries in Europe, North America and Australia have been confronted with large numbers of migrants who, for various reasons, often risked their lives out of pure despair to get out of their native country, plagued by war and natural disasters, which often have a direct or indirect link to climate change in large parts of the world, as a result of global warming, most caused by the economies and ways of life in Western countries.
In 2019 Piet's 3rd album CD "OMAR" has been released, which is completely dedicated to these issues.
The lyrics of the smooth acoustic folksongs on this album are intended to make the listeners aware of things that have to do with this, such as the difficult integration of strangers due to cultural differences, the influence of the internet, the fortune seekers, the shocking increase of the world population with about 200,000 people a day and the role played by the big players on the world stage in all of this.
Never forgotten all those songs, written in his first period of making music, in 2020 Piet comes with his 21 tracks fourth album
New recordings of long-ago written songs, just a re-encounter with the past for him, when he was in his twenties.
The lyrics are about the things that occupied him then, some of them from real life, others fantasy.
Many of these songs are meant to be rather commercial, in order to obtain a record deal at that time and they have the atmosphere and approach of the 70's and recorded and arranged as they were intended back then. However, these songs have never been released before and the listeners can experience them as completely new!
On September 29, 2022 Piet suffered a cerebral infarction, which left him paralyzed on his right side. His speech is also affected. As it stands now, he will never be able to sing and play the guitar again.
“Piet Louter is a great artist and has a great story to tell. His honest songs show his love and understanding of the communication power of Music. He has a sensitive and soulful voice that touches you, with songs like "TIME". I'm truly happy that Piet is recording music for the world again. #GREATMUSIC”
- John Reed, #GREATMUSIC (Mar 20, 2017)
“Aahhh! Your Music, Your Voice and Your Words! A true Treasure of Talent! "Green" I found myself slow dancing to this amazing song! What an honor to hear you! You are a true Poet! Tears of joy running down my face!!! Bravo!!! Maestro!!!”
- Tere Arce, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I am pleasantly surprised to hear such wonderful music here. It is rare to find such a prolific singer/songwriter these days. Green is probably my favourite song at the moment. It reminds me of my childhood when life was simpler and afternoons were spent sitting beneath a huge tree listening to John Denver. Story telling through music is a lost art. It is wonderful to know and hear that this gem is kept alive by someone as talented and sincere as yourself.”
- Thorsten Ames, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I do believe that music will always call for you. You have very good songs. I am happy to know that your hard work on your second love, gave you the chance to live the first.”
- Jason & the DazieTrain, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Your songs are excellent. They have real emotion, feeling with excellent guitar and vocals.”
- Cameron Ingram, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Very emotional and moving...Outstanding work here...”
- Effect Of A Different Color, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“What a great sound with lyrics to make you sit back and think.”
- Brett Penza, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Just an outstanding singer and songwriter. Lots of story telling and wisdom in his presentation. Keeps you coming back for more. I'm truly inspired.”
- J Gulli, Comment (Jan 23, 2017)
“Piet has penned and sung some great mellow tunes and he should keep music in the forefront of his life's ambitions.”
- Musicartsmonthly, Music Review (Nov 30, 2016)
“'Fallen Leaf' - beautiful song, you have a very unusual sound here, very memorable”
- Tracey Cracknell, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
"Footprints In The Sand" is a splendid musical gem! A genuine pleasure listening!
- K C Beckman, Comment
“How beautiful a sound and gift you've given us. Love Under the eye of heaven. You are a keeper.”
- Sarah Alvarez, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I've just been listening to your lovely songs with very reflective lyrics. the arrangements and production are excellent and your vocals soar beautifully. you have reached such a high standard with your work which makes them a joy to listen to.”
- Mark Sharman, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I'm imagining myself sitting next to some monitors and hearing that voice coming out of them in the studio, quietly laughing to my self with utter joy - what a beautiful voice - real Stephen Stills / Paul Simon / John Anderson territory. The hairs on the back of my neck are standing up.”
- Jude Connelly, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I listened to your first four songs this Sunday morning here in Austin. Wow, These are great songs, and your musicianship and production values are equal to the strength of the songs too! I notice you were born in 1953.. And I share that too. Best of luck on this phase of your life, although I don't really think you need luck. Talent's already ample..”
- Phil Greer, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Your songs are very good and must reflect your soul.”
- Lawrence Probes, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Stunning talent. Loved all the songs here. Inspiring and beautiful.”
- Steve Inglis, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I love your music. Great lyrics, perfect pitch, great arranges, killing guitar and full of feeling. You are one to be listen carefully.”
- Ricardo Hardoy (Songwriter - Composer), Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Just came to give a casual listen and ended up listening to most of your tunes. Excellent stuff, really killer tunes. Performances, composition,, production are very good and Dude... ! Excellent voice and the guitar on "Message From Kishore" is rocking very well done.”
- Gene Hilbert & Luck Of The Draw, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Highway To Heaven, Power-Hungry Men, Running Blood, Message From Kishore, If We Could See, Time, For The Blind, The Great Unknown, The Big Fall and A Place In The Sun, these r some real whoa awesome and amazing songs!!!!! Peace.”
- Mask Poet, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“First, your voice is wonderful! Then, I love the lyrics of If We Could See. Your melodies are very good. Plus, your music is produced in a very appealing way. Great work.”
- Clayton J. Foor, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Great production values, song writing, and musicianship. Also, there is a great message in your music!”
- Bryan Vrablik, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Utterly Captivating Music with Incredible depth. The Songwriting is top class!”
- Buchanpro, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I like Time, the poetry fits perfectly with the amazing vocals and music.!”
- Sky Archer, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Very nice pop, rock! Very insightful lyrics; Great work!”
“Easy listening with some concious lyrics... I hear the stories and understand the message”
- SKITZO PRODUCTIONS, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Your music is like an insect in a piece of amber. I watch each of them with great interest”
- Alexander Vorobyov, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Piet can write a song! These are really great! Great arrangements and recording also ___”
- Little Silas, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Love your music and your lyrics are so profound and meaningful--good stuff”
- Starla Angus, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Great Song Writing, every song has so much meaning !”
- The Joe Taylor Band, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“What a great range in that pure voice Piet. Rockin' slide use too. Love it. Great songwriting.”
- Paul Golian, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“You had me as soon as you opened your mouth. Great voice. I love the heart in your words.”
- Bill Metts, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Beautiful work, great vocals and a pleasure to listen to. A wonderful talent.”
- Serundal, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Hearing the Jackson Browne influence in "Power-Hungry Men", "Message from Kishore", and others. I will definitely be back for more here! Excellent songwriting and musical arrangements.”
- Jim Hoffmann, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Superb songwriting, musicianship, production, and some absolutely brilliant guitar playing which fits hand in glove with your unique and sublime vocals. Particular favourite at the moment is Power Hungry Men ( excellent slide playing )”
- Arthur Greaves and the Umbrellas, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“My god, Piet, you have the such a wonderful and memorable voice. I love your ability to control as you flair occasionally, just enough to keep everything interesting. Your songs' subjects are unique and void of cliché, no fluffy clouds or "I love you more than XXX." It easy to understand why you are ranked so highly. Excellent music.”
- Andy Anderson, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“You have a up lifting sound that the world needs to hear. Stay the artist you are and never change.”
- Larry Potillo, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Wonderful music here!!! You are a brilliant songwriter and a gifted singer!”
- chordjacks, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Outstanding voice. One of the most unique and professional I've heard in a long time. You are a great songwriter!”
- Ron Hibdon, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Your music is magical and inspiring.... It has moved me deeply... Thank you for such great artistry.... ~amazing~”
- Paul J. Alfieri, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“A man who can clearly see the mask of those doing the evil task! And wants the world to see what he sees!”
- Latin, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Your music is so beautiful!!! I truly love the emotion you put into your singing and the lyrics. your voice is extraordinary!!”
- T-Girl Angel, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“This is music beyond all trends - melodic, bright and authentic.”
- sevenmileboots, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Excellent tunes. Well-written, well-performed and well-produced.”
- Randy Smallman, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Absolutely beautiful tunes and a Fantastic Voice! 1st Class.”
- Jed McConkey, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Right on messages here Piet. Really strong songwriting and a super vocal. Like your arrangements, instrumentation and musicianship. You are one talented guy.”
- Michael Frazier, Comment (Nov
“Piet, the world is a better place because you decided to come back to music. I'm glad I have the chance of listening to you. You music is amazing and you have a very nice voice. It does justice to your songs.”
- Don Ferdinands, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Wow , what a truly magnificent singer, songwriter & musician you are. You're songs and lyrics are great. Beautiful guitar tone also. 5 seconds into 'Time' and I knew this was something special. All of the tracks are exceptional. Well done Piet - it's simply wonderful.”
- Three Armed Decoy, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Folk music at its best. great international appeal...”
- Carl's Coffee Shop, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Awesome vocals, composition, lyrics, style! I feel your heart with every note! Beautiful melodies!”
- Debbie Kauble, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“I couldn't stop listening. What a beautiful voice. What great songs! Loved them all. Very, very well done.”
- Brett McNaueal, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Piet Louter ... a man of vision ... excellent music and songwriting”
- Mike Fincher, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“My Admiration !!. Just Blew Me Away. Songs, Vocals, Musicianship and Productions are World Class. Loved your Bio. Glad you came back to music.”
- Kevin Kerr, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Glorious, spiritual music deeply derived from the soul. Quite lovely, beautifully delivered.”
- Salariatus, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“Superior sometime Supine emotionally charged Selection of songs with incredibly special vocal. Absorbing Supreme Ethical Lyrics, more So than NL Hague court trials which are not deemed worthy of TV or Radio Scrutiny. I Love and Applaud your Efforts*** This little light of yours u gotta let it shine***”
- Nappy Sunbeam, Comment (Nov 24, 201
“I guess you can take a man out of music, but you can't take the music out of the man”
- Michael Talin, Comment (Nov 24, 2016)
“'With intriguing vocals and flawless instrument arrangements, each song from 'The Fair Story' is captivating in its own right; pushing the boundaries of folk rock in all the right ways, while still maintaining a classic feel.'”
- The Akademia Music Award for Best Folk / Rock Album for ‘The Fair Story’
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