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Erika Wennerstrom

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Latest 17 Sep 2022 | Updated Daily

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Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)


Welcome to Roadcase!!  Erika Wennerstrom has been performing in her band Heartless Bastards for close to 20 years now has recently released a gorgeous new album, A Beautiful Life, which she co-produced with Kevin Ratterman, in which confronts the challenges and nuances of the day within a truly innovative sonic landscape. A native of Ohio, Erika now calls Austin, TX home, and she talks about her early days booking her own shows, working hard and playing every gig she could -- which ultimately resulted in a chance meeting with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and signing with Fat Possum Records!  Erika has been defiant in staying true to herself and considers herself "a songwriter that performs live." She has played countless shows and her tours with Drive-By Truckers are legendary.  Although the band was forced to cancel their January 2022 European dates due to Covid, she will be hitting the road again in February and April with Flaming Lips -- a unique combination of artistry for sure!  So hop on aboard the Roadcase bus and learn more about this thoughtful and one-of-a-kind artist, Erika Wennerstrom.  It's gonna be a great ride!!For more information: https://linktr.ee/roadcasepod and https://www.roadcasepod.comContact: info@roadcasepod.comTheme music:  "Eugene (Instrumental)" by Waltzer

1hr 20mins

9 Feb 2022

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Erika Wennerstrom

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Erika Wennerstrom joins Rhett from Mount Hood, Oregon to talk about the latest Heartless Bastards record, the intricacies of her creative process, and the concept of “music as medicine”. They discuss the importance of self-awareness and challenging oneself, and Erika shares the details of writing the epic, powerfully soulful song “Revolution”.  Erika Wennerstrom is a singer-songwriter from Dayton, Ohio. She is the leader of the Ohio-based band Heartless Bastards, and she also has a career as a solo artist. Heartless Bastards have released six studio albums since they formed in 2003, and Erika released her debut album Sweet Unknown in 2018.  She’s currently working on a follow-up. The upcoming Heartless Bastards album, A Beautiful Life, comes out on September 10th and you can pre-save it here. Wheels Off is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and produced by Rhett Miller. Co-produced by Kirsten Cluthe in partnership with Nick Ruffini (Revoice Media). Editing by Justin Thomas. Production Assistance by Matt Bavuso. Music by OLD 97’s. Episode artwork by Katherine Boils. Show logo by Tim Skirven. Revisit Season One of Wheels Off with Rosanne Cash, Rob Thomas, Will Forte, Lydia Loveless, Allison Moorer, Ted Leo, Paul F. Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, and more. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also ask Alexa to play it. Please leave us a rating or review on iTunes. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.


3 Aug 2021

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Erika Wennerstrom Returns to the Sunstroke House

Porch Talk

Alan and Jami Nettles (owner of the Sunstroke House) sat down with Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards to talk about her experiences during the pandemic, her inspiration for writing uplifting music, and the future of the Heartless Bastards.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/porch-talk/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy


22 Apr 2021

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musician erika wennerstrom of heartless bastards – #288

scotch and "GOOD" conversation

topics, questions & nonsense: robert plant never has to call shotgun when riding in a van always carry bear spray when night hiking in alaska don’t forget to check your junk email every now & then what are your thoughts on soup? what’s the last thing that totally blew your mind?  what type of animals […]

1hr 19mins

7 Apr 2021

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Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)

Past, Present, Future, Live!

This week's guest is Erika Wennerstrom, best known for her work with Heartless Bastards, which she started in Cincinnati in 2003. We talked with Erika about meeting Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and getting signed to Fat Possum, their label. We also discussed the evolution of the band and her music, her life-changing trip to the Peruvian Amazon, and her first solo album, Sweet Unknown. After the interview, Erika performs Could Be So Happy, Dust, and Letting Go. You can see videos of all Past, Present, Future, Live! performances on our show page or on the Osiris Media YouTube Channel.  You'll find music from all the artists mentioned in this interview on our Past, Present, Future, Live! Spotify playlist. If you like what you hear, please give us a review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. See you next week.  Past, Present, Future, Live! is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by RJ Bee. Executive Producers are Adam Caplan and Kirsten Cluthe. Production, Editing, Mixing, and original theme music by Brad Stratton. Show logo by Liz Bee Art & Design. To discover more podcasts that help you connect more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


9 Feb 2021

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Episode 102: Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards

Inside Out w/ Turner and Seth

Rob and Seth chatted with Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards shortly after she and her band had released the single, "Revolution." Erika talks about the message of the song, and how it is a part of a record that will be the first full-length release from Heartless Bastards in over five years. We hear the song in its entirety, and we hear Erika talk about how the record was completed just before COVID locked us all in our homes.  We include a bunch of music from her debut solo record "Sweet Unknown" because Erika explains to us in detail about how the forthcoming Heartless Bastards release in many ways expands on themes that were a huge part of that brilliant debut solo release. She also shares with us how she has coped with her time during the pandemic. We also go into the Wayback Machine and learn of her early days in Dayton, and why she moved to Cincinnati. We also find out how her persistence there, and her insistence on playing a wildly under-attended gig in Akron would each serve to change her life forever. This episode covers plenty of other territory, and it demonstrates that Erika is a very sincere and thoughtful person beyond her writing and performing excellence.Music From The Episode:Heartless BastardsRevolution (new single)Parted Ways (from Arrow)Erika Wennerstrom Twisted Highway (from Sweet Unknown)Letting Go (from Sweet Unknown)Time (from Sweet Unknown)Be Good To Yourself (from Sweet Unknown)Gravity (from Sweet Unknown)Be Here To Love Me (from Tribute To Townes Van Zandt)Mahalia JacksonGo Tell It On The Mountain (from original 1962 Christmas With Mahalia record)Lhasa de Sala1001 Nights (from 2009 release Lhasa)Osiris Media - www.osirispod.comInside Out w/ Turner and Seth - insideoutwtns.com Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 58mins

15 Sep 2020

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HEARTLESS BASTARDS Erika Wennerstrom guests | Medicinal Tripping in the Amazon jungle, self-evolution, being on LSD at Ponderosa, cosmic tour stops. 

Dirt from the Road with Brett Newski

Indie-rock legend and front-person of HEARTLESS BASTARDS sits in to talk about worst jobs before music, tripping in the amazon, and what happens after this life in a human body.   Erika has a new single called "Revolution" available on all streaming sites.  More on Heartless Bastards and Erika: https://www.erikawennerstrom.com/ Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/BrettNewski1


11 Aug 2020

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WAL! - Drinks With the Band w/ Erika Wennerstrom feat ET Tecosky

We Are Live! with Chris Denman

Eric "ET" Tecosky, kicks off the show with Chris discussing Jack Daniels spirits, music, and what the 16 episode series will look like. Guess what, ET is opening strong as he's provided an insane Jack Daniels custom cutting board and muddler as our first ever weekly prize. (Show will be every Wednesday at 8PM CT on Facebook.com/weareliveradio) Our musical guest, founder of "Heartless Bastards", Erika Wennerstrom stops by for our first ever "Drinks With the Band". Erika plays THREE previously unreleased songs while discussing her career on the road and where she's pulling song writing motivation from now. ENJOY! Tune in every Wednesday, follow us on Instagram for updates: @weareliveradio --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/we-are-live-with-chris-denman/message

1hr 14mins

27 Jun 2020

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Erika Wennerstrom

WCPO Lounge Acts

Erika Wennerstrom, the lead of Heartless Bastards, released her debut solo album, “Sweet Unknown,” in March of 2018 on Partisan Records.Wennerstrom’s solo songs are built on the same blues and folk foundations as her songs with the Bastards, but her flirtations with both psychedelic sounds and pop sensibilities are both ambitious and clear on “Sweet Unknown.” Although the break with the band was mutual, Wennerstrom seems to be basking in newfound freedom, singing “I walk around this crowded town / I had to re-find my way / You know I couldn't remain the same / What it is, what it is, what it is / Don't fight the change within” on her song “Good to Be Alone.”Set List:Extraordinary LoveTwisted Highway- interview -Staring Out the WindowLetting GoWennerstrom also performed a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Be Here to Love Me" that is available on the WCPO Lounge Acts YouTube channel.--Erika Wennerstrom's second WCPO Lounge Acts session was recorded on June 14, 2019 in the WCPO Digital Lounge in Cincinnati, OH.WCPO Lounge Acts features intimate in-studio performances and interviews from outstanding musical artists.Mixed by Brian Niesz.Hosted by Emmalee Smith.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


14 Jun 2019

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Erika Wennerstrom at the Sunstroke House

Porch Talk

Alan sat down with Erika Wennerstrom after her show at the Sunstroke House, to hear her story. Erika opened with 'Extraordinary Love' a song off of her latest album 'Sweet Unknown'. From there, she shares about growing up and getting into music, forming the Heartless Bastards, and recording and touring stories. They end on musical influences and 'if you could see 3 bands or artists over time, who would it be?'Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/porch-talk/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy


2 Mar 2019