These days, Zach Blair plays lead guitar in the world-renowned punk outfit Rise Against as well as Drakulas, his excellent side project. Before he was part of those bands, the guitarist was sporting formal wear as a member of Hagfish, touring overseas with a punk supergroup called Only Crime and wearing 60 pounds of prosthetics to play the part of "Flattus Maximus" in GWAR. And prior to any of that, Blair was just a kid in Sherman, Texas, listening to his dad's record collection and learning to play guitar.
1 hr 6 min
This short episode is a special announcement about My First Band now being broadcast on Milwaukee's own WMSE!
Recently, My First Band host Tyler Maas spoke with Dan Wilson about his prolific co-writing résumé, the new Semisonic EP and his "Words + Music In 6 Seconds" inspirational cards. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, the Grammy-winner opened up about family singalongs on the beaches of North Carolina, playing with his brother, nearly giving up on music, what it's like to hear "Closing Time" out in public, and what he strives to bring to his collaborations with internationally beloved musicians.
1 hr 2 min
These days, listeners know William Bush for his work alongside his brother, Kevin, in Immortal Girlfriend and on his own in his new Black Challenger solo project. Years before William was making waves in electronic music circles both in Wisconsin and far beyond, he and his sibling were cutting their teeth in metro Milwaukee's once-burgeoning screamo scene. William talked about playing legion hall shows in anime-influenced bands, starting Immortal Girlfriend and the duo's unexpected rise to local notoriety.
1 hr 7 min
Last week, Jon Snodgrass called My First Band host Tyler Maas to talk about Tace — his new album that features accompaniment from members of Rise Against, The Lawrence Arms, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Lagwagon — and how he's keeping active during his downtime. The conversation eventually turned to the accomplished punk troubadour's upbringing in Missouri, formative musical experiences as a teenager, his move to Fort Collins and the ups and downs from his time in seminal bands like Armchair Martian and Scorpios
1 hr 40 min
Milwaukee music is incredibly lucky to have Kelsey Kaufmann. The owner of the Cactus Club has booked hundreds of shows and helped produce large-scale festivals. After managing the iconic Bay View club for a few years, Kaufmann bought the bar this February. Just over a month after officially taking over, the world turned on its head. Though times are unexpectedly tough, Kaufmann and her staff are committed to keeping the business running and continuing to give interesting artists a platform.
1 hr 30 min
As the banjo player in Wood & Wire, Trevor Smith has traveled all around the county, shared the stage with some legendary acts, released four excellent albums (five, if you count their live record), played hundreds upon hundreds of concerts, and was even nominated for a Grammy. Long before Smith was plucking his heart out as a founding member of the accomplished Austin, Texas, bluegrass outfit though, he was cutting his teeth and playing keyboard in hardcore bands in his native Arizona.
1 hr 11 min
David Quinn is quickly making a name for himself in country circles with a relentless show schedule (at least until recently, of course) and ever-evolving material. The Chicago-based singer's catalog will grow on Oct. 23 with the release of his latest album, Letting Go. Before this project though, Quinn was playing drums in a suburban Chicago rock band called Best Defense, performing in other rock and blues bands, spending a formative year in California and more. He discusses that and more on the episode.
1 hr 21 min
We broke format a little this week to talk all things music with a guest who has no musical experience of his own. Jon Gabrus is an actor (Guy Code, Younger, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), comedian and veteran podcaster. Though he's not a musician by trade, the host of High And Mighty, Action Boyz and The Gino Lombardo Show has a wealth of musical memories and no shortage of great stories about concerts he's attended over the years.
1 hr 22 min
Listeners know Bob Nanna as the voice of Braid (one of the most influential emo bands of all time), as well as celebrated projects like Hey Mercedes and The City On Film. Long before he was making a name for himself with those bands, Nanna was a drummer who was keeping time for lesser-known suburban Chicago outfits like Slaphappy and Friction. Recently, My First Band host Tyler Maas spoke to Nanna about the unconventional recording process for his new solo album and how he's staying creative in isolation.
1 hr 32 min