If you’re a fan of outstanding Americana or you have any awareness of music in northeast Wisconsin, you probably know Cory Chisel. Not only does the accomplished singer-songwriter and namesake of Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons have an impressive and extensive body to his credit, he’s also the co-founder of the successful Mile Of Music festival in Appleton and an instrumental figure at Refuge Foundation For The Arts.

Long before he landed a major label deal, collaborated with the likes of Nora Jones and Emmylou Harris, performed on virtually every late night talk show, and helped carry the Fox Cities music scene to higher ground, Chisel was annoying parents as part of a punk band called Panic. The Wisconsin music mainstay recently invited My First Band host Tyler Maas to the gorgeous and secluded Refuge to talk about the space, the refreshing artistic perspective he’s gained through his experience in the music industry, and where his musical journey started. Over the course of the discussion, Chisel also talked his reggae phase, his stint in Christian music, and why Appleton holds such a special place in his heart.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons (“Born Again”).