Louie X. Erlanger is an American rock and roll and blues guitarist best known for his work with the band Mink DeVille. Erlanger recorded three albums with the group: Cabretta, Return to Magenta, and Le Chat Bleu. He also appeared on Live at CBGB's, an album of bands that pioneered punk rock at the venerable nightclub CBGB in the mid-1970s.
Erlanger worked as a sideman with many blues artists, including John Lee Hooker, R.L. Burnside, Cedell Davis, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers and others. In the 1980s his group The Slamhound Hunters had a hit on the West Coast and toured Europe.
Erlanger produced two R.L. Burnside albums: Well, Well, Well... and Acoustic Stories, which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. He also co-produced Down In The Delta with Muddy Waters Blues Band alumnus Paul Oscher, for which Oscher won Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year at the Blues Music Awards. Paul Oscher's newly released Bet On The Blues, which Erlanger co-produced, has been nominated for a Blues Music Award for 2011. Other productions by Erlanger include recordings by Ruth Brown bandleader and jazz organist Bobby Forrester, and jazz guitarist William Ash.
His guitar playing can be heard in a number of feature films, including Wild Hogs, You Me And Dupree, In The Land Of Women, Breathless, Blue Collar, and more.