Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

A Son of Wisconsin Wanders into Milwaukee

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Cory Chisel.

Cory Chisel and his band, the Wandering Sons, got to play some pretty impressive venues following the release of his recent album, “Old Believers.”  And soon, they’ll be off for Europe and Australia.  But in among the many tour dates were a couple of important midwestern concerts – in northern Minnesota and in Appleton, the places Chisel grew up, the son of a preacher.

Cory Chisel on guitar and Adriel Denae on keyboard at a recent concert in New York.
Credit WFUV photo

It was in his childhood in the upper midwest that he was exposed to some influential music – not gospel, though you can hear shades of it in Chisel’s music.  It was old-school blues musicians - and Johnny Cash - that formed the framework for the songs he writes today.

They're songs that have attracted fans around the world, including the producers of "Late Night With David Letterman," who got in touch with Chisel even before the group's recent album, "Old Believers," was completed.

Chisel and Adriel Denae stopped by the Lake Effect studio in December, ahead of a Turner Hall show, chatted with Mitch Teich, and played a few tunes for us, including the one they started with, "I've Been Accused."

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