Picked up the bass at 13 years old and the rest is history. It all started when Louie wanted to be just like his big brother who was playing bass at the time. His first love was piano which led to picking up the guitar then ended up playing bass professionally. Started playing clubs five nights a week at 17. In the 80's was signed to CBS records with the band Felony. Their hit song, "Fanatic", made it to the top 40. Played all the clubs on sunset strip in Hollywood. Toured with many bands all over the United States and in Europe. The last 10 years Louie has been touring with a country rock band called The John Corbett Band. Performing at the Grand Old Opry with Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood and shared the stage with Keith Urban and many other artists over the years.
Louie's influences growing up were Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Allman Brothers, B B King and many others. Many neighborhood musicians were very influential too such as his brother Michael Ruiz, John Avila from Oingo Bongo, Jotty Johnson and Bobby Delgado. Other influences were, of course, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, James Jamerson, Ron Carter and many others.