In the inaugural episode of Sounds of Eau Claire, we sat down with local legend, Howard “Guitar” Luedtke. Luedtke is a blues musician from Chippewa Falls and has participated in the local blues scene for decades. In this episode, he reflects on the changes he’s seen in the Eau Claire music scene over his career.
This podcast was produced by Brian Dombrowski and Alec Bird as part a UWEC Public history project.
Special thanks to Howard “Guitar” Luedtke for participating in the project.
Sounds of Eau Claire is supported by: The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s History Department, UWEC Archives and Special Collections, The Chippewa Valley Museum, and Blugold Radio 99.9 FM.
Executive Producer: Scott Morfitt at Blugold Radio 99.9
Editor: Eli Klatt at Blugold Radio 99.9
The Sounds of Eau Claire is a public history initiative supported by the students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Museum, and Blugold Radio 99.9 FM. Funding for the Sounds of Eau Claire has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Program, and a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusion, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Them Coulee Boys danced their way into our readers’ hearts this year, with their speedy and sweet folk tunes on Dancing in the Dim Light, and Idle Empress followed closely behind with a gorgeous self-titled EP of folk rock gems. Fun fact, the lyrics for the song “Woods” on the Idle Empress EP are actually taken from a poem by American poet Mary Oliver. Finally, blues legend Howard “Guitar” Luedtke traveled down South to collaborate with one of his heroes and came back with an awesome record called Goin’ Down to Alabama: The Muscle Shoals Sessions, securing the third place spot. — Darrion Behrendt (original article)
Third Place: Howard “Guitar” Luedtke Goin’ Down to Alabama: The Muscle Shoals Sessions