Vince’s Notes: Following the great talent of Rockford native Lou Musa

Lou “Luigi” Musa

By Vince Chiarelli

I recently had the pleasure of being able to interview Rockford native Lou “Luigi” Musa on my Rockford Originals radio show. I came to hear about Lou from my musical colleague Frank Calvagna. Frank said Lou used to teach guitar at his music store, Jus Jammin’, back in the 1990s. So, I thought I’d interview Lou and talk about his music career and connection to Rockford.

Lou was born and raised in Rockford. At the age of 5, he began playing the guitar and was taught by his father, an accomplished guitar and accordion player from Ferentino, Italy. The one thing that stuck out to me about Lou’s family and heritage is that his father’s profession was tailoring. I find it very ironic that my grandfather was a tailor and musician from Italy and so was Lou’s father. There must be something with tailoring and music. Even more surprising to me is that Lou’s father and my grandfather were actually friends.

Lou began taking formal lessons at age 7 and studied classical guitar for more than 11 years. By 17, he was teaching private lessons during the week while performing live in Chicago and other cities in the region on weekends.

Lou has been credited on many albums and projects as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. He also has a range of musical styles, from country to jazz, blues to progressive rock, plus the ability to play other instruments such as, mandolin, banjo and keyboards.

Lou writes, performs, and produces music for movies and commercials. In 1997, Lou relocated to Grand Rapids, Mich., and currently performs and tours as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the bands The Verve Pipe and The Rockit King. Outside of his busy touring schedule, Lou continues to teach guitar and bass part time, and performs locally at clubs and churches.

Lou has great talent, and many well-known companies have endorsed Lou. He is endorsed by Behringer, D’Addario, 1964 Ears and Bugera.

Check out The Verve Pipe’s new album, Are We There Yet?, on Also, visit Lou’s website for all Lou’s upcoming shows and music news.

To listen to my interview with Lou Musa, visit and search for Lou Musa.

Please contact Vince Chiarelli if you have any original Rockford music or radio suggestions. He can be reached at

From the Aug. 14-20, 2013, issue

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