November 7, 2008

What made Milwaukee famous? Free music perchance?

What Made Milwaukee Famous are named after a Jerry Lee Lewis lyric, and completely not from Milwaukee. These guys from Austin Texas just released a free five-song EP on Barsuk Records, featuring stripped-down renditions of songs from both 2006′s Trying To Never Catch Up and their new release What Doesn’t Kill Us. One of the tracks is a vibrant pop-heaven version of “Sweet Lady,” a song that I once called “toe-tapping and fantastic — this song really wants to be the first track on your next mixtape.” I still agree.

The free SugarHill Sessions EP was recorded at “the Abbey Road of the South” — SugarHill is the oldest continually operating studio in Texas. Having played host to the likes of Willie Nelson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Johnny Bush, SugarHill has been quietly contributing to the musical legacy of Texas for the past 67 years.

Cheap Wine – What Made Milwaukee Famous

11-10 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11-11 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
11-13 San Francisco, CA – Popscene
11-14 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
11-15 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar


  • i heard these guys on Live 105 earlier this spring, doing an in-studio thing on soundcheck, and just fell in LOVE with their music. thanks so much for posting this!!!

    Jillian — November 7, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  • Thanks for showing Texas music some love!!!

    J — November 7, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  • What does it mean to be COMPLETELY NOT FROM MILWAUKEE?

    Anonymous — November 8, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

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