On this episode of Sounds of Eau Claire, Daniel Hamann sat down with Scott Morfitt, station manager of Blugold Radio 99.9 FM. They discuss Eau Claire’s changing musical landscape.
This podcast was produced by students as part a UWEC Public history project.
Special thanks to Scott Morfitt 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.
Scott’s Fav Blugold Radio Listens in 2017 (Chronological)
When I’ve done top five or ten lists in the past I’ve been painfully aware that I should stay away from commenting on local tunes lest I miss someone or otherwise showcase my mad skills at getting my foot in my mouth.
However, with the wonderful First Listens we’ve gotten to share this year I finally feel like I can chat about the local tunes I’ve been digging this year. It’s been an awesome first half of the year and I have high hopes for more fresh jams in the second half of 2017.
Caitlin McGarvey – Say Something
From her opening track (off her debut EP “Bigger”) Caitlin McGarvey enchants audiences with her guitar playing and rainforest lush vocals. This is a track that simultaneously feels big but also immensely intimate. It’s a song the has something to say itself, and that’s why I love it.
From an FCC perspective Pit Wagon is the best kind of nightmare. Matt Vold’s lyric style lends itself to inserting “naughty” words into pieces in a way where they build the narrative and not just fill space. On their track Universe (off their sophomore album “Well”) that lyricism is prominently on display with a scrumptious hook kept down to earth by a beautiful guitar line.
If you listen to Blugold Radio at all it’s no secret that I love LASKA! Their harmonies make each song resonate as they travel from Americana to electronica, making pit stops along the way. I chose The Experiment for this list because of the killer breakbeats. This song somehow bumps and is chill at the same time.
One of my personal favorite things about launching Blugold Radio has been the chance to dig deeper into Eau Claire musicians/bands who I’ve admired in the past. This is very true for both Jim Pullman’s solo work and his work with The Rattlenecks. Double Barrel Belfries spoke to me because is both showcases Pullman’s storytelling ability and also gives the band space to play a meaning song.
Boot stomping country is one of my favorite things in the world! And, this track from Dames is great for that. What impressed me with this track is that it’s unabashedly a country track and uses steel string guitar to make hooks reminiscent of “mainstream” country. In fact, it’s a track that shows where that style of country very easily could have gone. And, to be honest, I’d be happy to live in that reality.