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.
The all-ages, all local showcase series Sawdust City Limits returns this Saturday September 16th for its third incarnation! #SCL3 features an exciting and eclectic mix of eight of the Chippewa Valley’s best bands/artists. To prep you for this awesome event we’ve compiled an overview here for your browsing & listening pleasure to help you get to know the featured performers before you head out to The Plus this Saturday. Scroll on through to sample selected tracks for each band and hopefully we’ll see you down front this Saturday singing along with your favorite EC musicmakers (and maybe finding a few new favorites too!).
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.
In the second episode of Sounds of Eau Claire, Dan Colburn sat down with Evan Middlesworth, owner of Pine Hollow Studios in Eau Claire. Evan has recorded projects by Eau Claire musicians like, The Rattlenecks, LASKA, Brian Bethke, and many many more.
This podcast was produced by Dan Colburn and Amanda Bridges as part a UWEC Public history project.
Special thanks to Evan Middlesworth 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.
****Welcome to “Spin This”, a new regular feature on BlugoldRadio.org where we talk to local artists and bands about what songs, artists, and/or records they’ve been listening to. We’ll compile their picks and recommendations in an ongoing, ever-growing Spotify playlist (embedded at bottom of page!) for your browsing & listening pleasure***
2017 has been a big year for The Rattlenecks – just last month they released their album “Heart Lies” (available via vinyl, CD, Spotify, iTunes and also embedded below for your streaming pleasure) and have since been playing shows throughout the Chippewa Valley in support of it, including one of the very last House of Rock shows (happening tonight, info here).
We here at Blugold Radio have been playing a lot of tracks off of “Heart Lies” both on air and in our free time, but what have The Rattlenecks been listening to lately? We asked them to share what’s been in their headphones or on their record players this summer, and each member of the band shared a pick or two. Read up on their selections below and check out the Spin This Spotify playlist linked at the bottom of the page!
Adam Harder Nussbaum (Drums)
Anderson Paak – “Malibu”
I like how well he combines different musical influences, but keeps everything rooted in soul. I love the production on this album. I also like how they mix R&B, soul and jazz. The guitar playing is tasty, too.
Ethan Schmidt (Bass)
Vulfpeck – “The Beautiful Game”
Amazing musicians and catchy hooks that get stuck in your head. Never fails to put me in a good mood!
Cody Jinks – “I’m not the Devil”
Honest, heartfelt lyrics set to traditional country music and a great voice. I particularly dig the harmonies in “No Guarantees”. My favorite record!
Gabe Koxlien (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals)
Ray Lamontagne – “Gossip In The Grain”
Favorite track: “Winter Birds”
Todd Barneson (Guitar, Vocals)
The Figgs – “Follow Jean Through The Sea”
Track: “Jumping Again”. It’s the best!
Aimee Mann – “Mental Illness”
Beautiful melodies and lyrical content that is relatable but intelligent and interesting.
Jim Pullman (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural”
Washington DC Punk Pop band that I cant get enough of. Angsty and fun! Favorite track: “Jj”
Alabama Shakes – “Sound And Color”
This band could’ve stuck to its debut album’s formula and been very successful, but instead the put out this fantastically adventurous effort! And Brittany Howard is the best female vocalist today (IMO). Favorite Track: “Future People”
Listen to the SPIN THIS playlist featuring selections by Them Coulee Boys and The Rattlenecks:
The Rattlenecks’ new album, Heart Lies (releasing June 4th 2017), brings an eclectic mix of songs to the listener. There is truly something for everyone. The title track boasts modern indie vibes with classic pop sensibilities; the lyrics are delivered via tight three-part harmony that hints at an interesting dissonance that never fully materializes. Sunday is a track that sounds as if The Byrds and Tom Petty got together for a sweet, one-time only collaboration. Foghorn Love Affair is a ballad with a classic Motown feel, it somehow manages to feel fresh and familiar at the same time. Behind The Vault features lush soundscapes, unique rhythms and a Prince-like vocal cadence. Double Barrel Belfries is a pop rock love letter written to a snow covered Eau Claire, WI. Lost is a beautifully performed acoustic number with pedal steel lines that seem to float like ghosts in the ether. Lovin’ You is a smile inducing, tongue in cheek, whimsical rocker. If We Don’t Jump is a toe tappin’, sittin’ around the campfire on a summer night with a beer in your hand kinda tune. And closing out the album is Feeling My Way Through The Dark – a barroom ballad drenched in despair yet it leaves the listener with a sense of hope and new beginnings.