This week’s guest is Eric W. Krueger, who has been a musical mainstay in the Fox Cities—a region in northeast Wisconsin—for close to 30 years. Though he’s been active in a wide range of bands since he was a teenager (including at least four different projects presently), Krueger only recently put out his debut solo album. Shortly after the release of Shed Songs and prior to the June 24 release show at Appleton’s Deja Vu Martini Lounge, Krueger caught up with My First Band host Tyler Maas to talk about the new album and everything that came before it.

After the longtime friends caught up on recent happenings, Krueger told Maas about the process of writing and recording Shed Songs, he talked about what the summer holds for his various bands, and he reminisced about some of the late ’80s/early ’90s house shows that prompted his foray into playing music. Over the course of the conversation, Krueger delved into the origin of Sunday Flood (and memorable experiences from the band’s lengthy run), subsequent bands like Shallows and Like Fine Wine, and the fulfillment he gets from his variety of present day endeavors (Leading The Blind, A-Town Unplugged, Mark Steven Hillstrom, and Hallorann).

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 Eric W. Krueger (“Brush Fire”).