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jessklein.com

There comes a time in an artist's life when they have the desire and the resources to do what they want, and not worry about what a record label, producer, or even fans are asking for. 

Such is the case for Austin-based singer/songwriter Jess Klein.  Her latest album is called Learning Faith.  Leaning towards a concept album, Klein drew upon raw emotions and the aspect of faith in many areas of life. 

"I’ve always had an interest in spirituality. I’ve never had a religion but I’ve always felt a longing to connect to something bigger," says Klein.

http://www.gregkoch.com/

Born and raised in the area, Greg Koch still calls Milwaukee home.

Heavily influenced by his older brother’s record collection growing up, Koch plays his own hybrid of several iconic styles.  Joe Bonamassa, current guitar god in his own right, once said Koch is pound for pound the best guitar player in the world.

In the liner notes of his first album, released in 1993, Koch described his style as, “Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie) at the first annual Zeppelin-Holdsworth Coffee Guzzlers Hoedown.”

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When the singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, she became just the latest example of a musician on a seemingly promising trajectory to have their life cut short by drugs or alcohol.

Terra Guitarra

Depending on when and where you see musicians Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel, they might be playing under the name Patchouli or they might be called Terra Guitarra. The multi-instrumentalists call western Wisconsin home, but they’ve toured nearly non-stop for sixteen years.

"Passing By" the Musical / facebook.com

For many, the concept of home is relative. For some, it is a location, and for others it can be found in a person.

The new musical Passing By explores the themes of choosing your own path through the relationship of Jenny Zimmermann, an ambitious writer; and Edison Wolters, a young man who works on his family’s farm. In the play, set in the small town of Jacksonia, Wisconsin, the characters must decide if they will plan a life together after high school or follow their own plans.

Christine Lalla

The summer festival season is a special time for musicians of all kinds, especially classical musicians. Summer festivals allow them to reach an audience that often does not come to formal concert halls to listen to classical music.

Cellist and Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen often meets individuals from all walks of life that are genuinely interested in his music during festival trips.

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The past few months have been exciting for Milwaukee band Soul Low. Just a few weeks ago, the group released it's newest EP, titled Sweet Pea, and were featured on Spin magazine's "Five Artists to Watch in May" list. 

lindymusic.com

Born and raised in Manitoba, Canada (once known as New Iceland because it has the largest population of Icelanders outside of Iceland), Lindy Vopnfjord began singing traditional Icelandic folk music at a young age.  His parents were working regular jobs but found time to write and play music with their two children at festivals around Canada, even traveling to Iceland to perform.

Present Music

This Friday evening, Milwaukee's Present Music presents its season finale concert, called "Present Music Nation," at The Warehouse. One of the pieces that can be heard is from a new community collaboration called ComposeMilwaukee.

The Alan Parsons Project / facebook.com

It’s not uncommon for a successful rock musician to launch a second act as a record producer, putting to use the things he or she learned in the business. But by the time Alan Parsons found popularity with songs such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” and “Eye in the Sky,” he had already built a reputation.

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