These days, Caley Conway is fresh off the release of her excellent new EP (Bliss Or Bust), is gearing up to play out again and is also contributing her talents to other accomplished projects like Field Report and OQ. Long before she was putting her stamp on Milwaukee music and hitting her stride as singer-songwriter, Conway was performing at regional and national Irish dance competitions, starting a fake band called The Angels and earning the best money of her career (so far) by singing on a Cool Whip radio commercial. Conway recently dropped by Milwaukee Record headquarters to speak with My First Band host Tyler Maas about how the pandemic changed her creative approach, her June 4 show as part of Dandy's "Somewhat Unplugged" series and her early artistic attempts. Along the way, she opened up about getting serious about music during her abbreviated time in college, getting a creative nudge while farming in Maui, her stints in Myles Coyne's "Rusty Nickel" band and Cairns, the decision to release music under her own name, and goals she has in the near future and in the long-term. My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth ("The Junction Street Eight Tigers") and Caley Conway ("I Love You So Much I Don’t Want To See You").
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This week I sat down w singer-songwriters Ellie Jackson and Caley Conway, who frequently collaborate. Caley's most recent EP "Surrounded Middle" dropped in April. We had the finest tap as we discussed the first songs they ever wrote, laundry, Ellie's work with Riverwest Radio, Caley's candy-apple-red fit, and what they are working on now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ben-slowey/support
CALEY CONWAY SLINGS A TELECASTER AND A NEW SET OF RULES FOR THE SINGER/SONGWRITER PARADIGM; ROOTED IN FOLK BUT HARDLY BOUND TO IT, HER INVENTIVE STYLE RANGES FROM JAZZ TO POST-ROCK, HINTS AT THE FAMILIAR AND EMBRACES A DISSONANT BEAUTY. THE MILWAUKEE NATIVE’S BREEZY VOICE AND DISARMING WIT BELIE A DEEP COMPLEXITY THAT HAS EARNED HER PRAISE AS “THE NEXT BIG THING IN FOLK MUSIC” BY NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE. EQUALLY ENTHRALLING AS A SOLO PERFORMER OR A FULL BAND WITH BACKUP SINGERS, CONWAY LEAVES ROOMS HUSHED, HER AUDIENCES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CHILLED AND CHUCKLING. HER NEW EP, SURROUNDED MIDDLE, IS OUT ON APRIL 18TH.TUNE INTO WMSE’S LOCAL/LIVE TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH, TO HEAR CALEY CONWAY’S LATEST MUSIC FROM HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM BEFORE HER OFFICIAL RELEASE SHOW LATER THAT WEEK AT ANODYNE ON BRUCE. SHE WILL HAVE A FULL BAND IN TOW, INCLUDING LOCALS MIKE NOYCE, D’AMATO AND DEVIN DROBKA. WMSE.ORG TO STREAM LIVE OR IN THE ARCHIVES OR SIMPLY TUNE YOUR RADIO TO 91.7 FM AT THE 6 O’CLOCK HOUR.LOCAL/LIVE ON WMSE IS SPONSORED BY CLUB GARIBALDI’S.
Caley Conway plays songs from the new EP "Surrounded Middle"
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Fresh off the release of her self-engineered Christmas album, Heart Be Light, Caley Conway is now putting the finishing touches on her next studio EP.A Milwaukee native, Conway only recently moved away from the city proper to the town of Oostburg. Her and her partner John now live in a tiny cabin in the woods that Conway describes as “quite conducive to music making.”
Caley was eating expired sushi at her day job. Surprise and strange fortune were met in the bitter flavor of translucent cucumber, that meal. The Lucy Cukes would later form, curling snugly around Caley’s songs, its name gently alluding to the memory of that fateful, off cucumber. What will become of them all?Caley Conway and her”Lucy Cukes”, the band she gathered from a group of childhood friends – Timothy Stone, Alex Heaton, and Robert Weiss — has, over the past few years, served her well, bolstering her already-strong singer-songwriter foundation.Conway’s voice evokes folk vocalists from both the past (Joni Mitchell) and more recent (Alana Davis), her range impressive and her verbose lyricism a breath of fresh air in a scene where chorus / verse / chorus is pretty standard. Conway has released a couple of EPs (Discipline Soup and Of Songs on the Ukulele) but has never gotten to a full-length. It’s unfortunate that the demise of the band also times out as their first release (Silk For Life will be released later this summer), but the bittersweet nature of things doesn’t take away from the music, itself; the first single (“The Dreaming Genius Sees”) is solid. Recently previewed by Milwaukee Record, they write, “Conway’s vocals remain magnificent and altogether charming throughout.”