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Luke Jorgensen and Roy Elkins - photo by Teri Barr

Between The Waves 2018

by Teri Barr
June 2018

It started as a dream, and one I recall talking with Roy Elkins about over a sandwich at the Avenue Bar on East Washington Avenue in Madison a few years ago. Roy wanted to highlight the music scene in this area, and decided a weekend gathering of industry experts from across the world, along with showcases featuring the multitude of talent in and around the city, could be good for everyone involved.

Quickly jump forward to June 2018, and the planning for the 2nd Annual Between the Waves Madison Music Conference and Festival is all but complete.


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Kirstie Kraus on the cover of Maximum Ink for May 2018

Kirstie Kraus

Madison to Nashville and Back
by Teri Barr
May 2018

She was singing before she could talk. And Kirstie Kraus is still singing,  but now, it is more than she talks. Music has become her passion, her love, and her life.

Kirstie threw herself into her career, full-time, two years ago. Two years before that, she started her own band, Thirsty Jones. The Madison-based group quickly gained a following, and earned accolades. Kirstie wants to replicate, and increase the success she’s already had as a musician here. So I asked, is taking her efforts to Nashville, where she has to work even harder to create her music-magic, worth it? We also discussed why her upcoming single release is going to be one we’ll all want to be a part of, and when we can see her in our area this summer…


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Uncle Eddie promo shot circa late 1990's

Uncle Eddie

A Conversation with Guitarist Darwin Sampson
by Teri Barr
April 2018

Sometimes, when history repeats itself, there’s a good reason behind it. So, when planning for the annual Maximum Ink Bomblastica Party for the People 2018 began, the conversation around who would play meant turning the clock back in time, and asking a hard-hitting early 1990’ish band, Uncle Eddie to make a reappearance.

Now, according to guitarist Darwin Sampson, who is also known as the venerable owner of The Frequency in Madison, Uncle Eddie never truly went away. On and off for the right reasons or the right parties the last twenty-years, original members including Sampson, Nate Arnold on bass, and Chad Ovshak on drums, would clean off the cobwebs, and make music as Uncle Eddie. All three have been, and are, in other bands since the days which Sampson tells me started for him in a house in the Fox Valley area, eventually brought him to jam in the laundry room of Ovshak’s Mom’s house, and led to big basement shows in a house on old University Avenue—one of the first which included a then brand-new band, Sunspot, now a solid regular on the Madison scene.  Those early basement shows turned into Uncle Eddie becoming a regular at The Inferno, Spooners, and O’Kayz Corral, three of the spots Sampson says he’d only wished he could play as a kid. “Madison, and some of the venues at that time, seemed like a dream,” Sampson says. “We met a lot of bands just before their time. Nirvana, Green Day, Husker Du. Some we’d play on a bill with, others found us not punk enough or too jammy, but we made so many friends. We just weren’t sure what we wanted to do with Uncle Eddie.”


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Pat Furgeson on the Cover of Maximum Ink for April 2018 - photo by Ty Halbech

Pat Ferguson

by Teri Barr
April 2018

He isn’t new to the music scene, but Pat Ferguson has a new feeling about it. “There are exciting things happening right now for the groups coming out of Madison. Really exciting times around here,” Ferguson says.

And his own timing may be contributing to the excitement, as he is on the road promoting his first solo album, “Light of Day / Dark of Night,” after touring with a band for years. Pat also has a regular Wednesday night residency at HotelRED in Madison, which he says has helped fuel much of the material on the new album. Pat will be releasing the album for the first time at a show on April 27, 2018 at the Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, and took time to answer our questions about this new stage of his career, and how he’s always been connected to music.


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Madcity's own Anna Wang - photo by Anna Wang

Anna Wang

an interview with Madison songwriter Anna Wang
by Teri Barr
March 2018

Anna Wang is no stranger to the area music scene. She made a big impression as lead singer and main songwriter for Anna Wang and The Oh Boys!, and in a 2012 Maximum Ink interview talked about sharing the power of songs, mixed with the joy of pop music, while taking on the world with her band. Some scheduling issues and line-up changes meant the eventual end of one project, some time off, and the creation of Tortoise and the Finch. Her talent helped take this duo to the top of the Project M Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2017. But even this success was short-lived. Anna is now a solo artist, but if you think it means she is quietly playing in a corner all alone, you don’t know Anna. She just released a new album of electronic-pop, and commands your attention—whether you are listening to her CD or watching her live—Anna is playing an entire band of instruments and every note of her songs. She’ll be joining with several other musicians, and sharing what she’s learned as part of a multi-part workshop, “The Six Questions of Songwriting,” starting Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm at 702 East Johnson Street in Madison, as well as solo shows including one she is really looking forward to at ArtIn on East Washington Avenue in Madison on May 17th. Keep reading to learn how Anna feels about being in this current place where she is in control of her music, and her life.


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Sam Ness - photo by JC Dunst

Sam Ness

A Musical Journeyman
by Teri Barr
February 2018

“Music is a release for me when life gets hard. It’s a friend I can always count on. It’s a connection to so many amazing people around the world. It’s a second language, a hobby, a business, a friend, an enemy, sometimes it feels like the air that I breathe. I don’t know what the moment was I realized it, but I’ll never live without being close to music. It’s just as ingrained in me as my own heartbeat.”
Sam Ness

He found his voice, while wandering the streets of Europe. But Sam Ness brought his songs home, to record in places he loves, in Wisconsin. His album is a magical musical journey, and not only features his thoughts about where he’s been; but as one of the youngest and exciting new voices on the scene here, it’s a reflection on where he still wants to go. So, just before he leaves in search of some new inspiration, Sam took time to talk about his reason for traveling, why he loves busking while he’s on the road, and how some bad busking experiences in Madison have pushed him to try and change the law here.


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Jimmy K

Top 41 of 2017

an interview with Jimmy K
by Teri Barr
December 2017

Katie Scullin, Imaginary Watermelon, and so many other amazing area artists have released new music the past year. Do you have a favorite?

This may be one of the most fun ways to show your support.

Yes, it’s time again for Maximum Ink Radio’s Top 41! If your favorite band or solo artist is from Wisconsin, and released a song, EP, or album this year, the requirements indicate, it or they are eligible for this outstanding recognition.

But, the Top 41 doesn’t happen without you—so your nominations, followed by your votes, are important in the process.

And I was able to grab some time with the long-time host of the Top 41 Show, the Jimmy K Show on Max Ink Radio, Jimmy K, to get the scoop.

Maximum Ink: What’s the deal on the nomination and voting process?
Jimmy K:
There are two rounds of voting every year. Any artist or band can enter, they just have to be from Wisconsin and have released a song in 2017. We attempt to get any eligible artist or band involved in the process. The first round relies on write-in nominations until Monday, December 4th.


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Teddy Davenport and the Cushions

Teddy Davenport & the Cushions

interview with Madison based songwriter
by Teri Barr
December 2017

“Music is my first love, it’s my best friend. Music has literally saved my life.”

Teddy Davenport’s past is the kind of story you often hear about in songs. But for his first full-length album, Teddy took control of his life, and decided to share large parts of it through some of the best music being released in late 2017. Teddy’s also lost and gained during the writing process, and as you’ll learn from our Q and A, he isn’t shy sharing it. Luckily, he’s also talking about the future, and a time when we’ll be able to say, “We knew him when…”

So, for now, enjoy Teddy and his new album which is being released with his band, Teddy Davenport and The Cushions at Harmony Bar in Madison on Friday, December 8, 2017. There’s also a Toys for Tots Fundraiser show at the VFW in Monona on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 1:30 pm.

You’ll also find him on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and his website: teddydavenport.com


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Mackay signs a poster backstage at Girl’s Rock Camp - photo by Teri Barr

Take the Stage:  A Girls Rock-umentary

First official screening on Thursday, November 16, 2017 High Noon Saloon at 5pm
by Teri Barr
November 2017

The line of fans waiting for the doors to open, wraps through the building, and out the door. But this isn’t just a normal show the crowd is waiting to see—this is the showcase for Girls Rock Camp Madison.

Two area women recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary which “follows the journey of determined, female rockin’ youngsters, ages 8-18 at a music intensive day camp.” Darla Courtney & Portia Danis are the producers and directors behind the roller coaster into rock and roll, “Take the Stage, A Girls Rock-umentary.” And while there have been some tease videos of the film released, the full documentary remains a surprise, though the ending can be considered a sure thing. It will probably feature the community, collaboration, and sense of accomplishment every girl who participates in a week at Girls Rock Camp Madison takes home after the final note is played.


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Sassy Come Home

Sassy Come Home

Interview with drummer Dave Bonson
by Teri Barr
September 2017

As a kid, Dave Bonson created a heavy, punk music scene in a place better known for its Hodag Country Festival. Today, he continues to create a scene, though now in the Madison area, and more grunge-influenced. Bonson took time to answer a few questions about the 5th Annual Grrrls Kick Ass Fest, happening at The Frequency on September 23rd. He also shared a peek into his latest project, the Sassy Come Home Band.
 
Maximum Ink: You got involved in music while growing up in Rhinelander, in Northern Wisconsin. What influenced you there? 
Dave Bonson:
Yeah, it started in the small town of Rhinelander, home of the Hodag. I got really into Nirvana when I was young and picked up bass. Then I moved on to guitar. However, there were few drummers in the area, and none of them really clicked with what I wanted to do. So, I picked up drumming, and fell in love with it, then eventually found some awesome people to play with in a band.


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