Local musician, Dan Zerr sat down with station manager, Scott Morfitt to talk about music in the Chippewa Valley. Dan Zerr has solo work and also plays in Eau Claire’s most eclectic band, the Eggplant Heroes! This article is intended to listen through like the original radio broadcast with brief interviews followed by some music.
Special thanks to Dan Zerr as well as Northwestern Bank for sponsoring our local music hour on Fridays at Noon!
Caitlin McGarvey is an indie-pop singer-songwriter based out of Eau Claire Wisconsin.
Blending multi-part harmonies with guitar, trumpet, violin, Mandolin, and bass, Eggplant Heroes present an eclectic mix of originals, literary adaptations, mountain gospel, and folk—Americana music in the full sense of the word.
Nici Peper is a rootsy, americana/ folk singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN who is influenced by the tradition of classic storytellers.
The Rattlenecks are a 3-part harmony outfit from Eau Claire, WI.
Sweeping the rug right out from underneath their feet, Brian Bethke jumped to No. 1 this year, overtaking the reigning Eggplant Heroes, who still came in at No. 3 among local folk musicians. But Valley fans also love an up-and-coming artist, and they didn’t disappoint with their votes for the No. 2 spot. New on the scene, Idle Empress impressed everyone with their self-titled debut album, which was released in January. — Katy Macek (original article)