Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)

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This week’s guest is Erika Wennerstrom, best known for her work with Heartless Bastards, which she started in Cincinnati in 2003. We talked with Erika about meeting Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and getting signed to Fat Possum, their label. We also discussed the evolution of the band and her music, her life-changing trip to the Peruvian Amazon, and her first solo album, Sweet Unknown.


After the interview, Erika performs Could Be So Happy, Dust, and Letting Go. You can see videos of all Past, Present, Future, Live! performances on our show page or on the Osiris Media YouTube Channel.


You’ll find music from all the artists mentioned in this interview on our Past, Present, Future, Live! Spotify playlist. If you like what you hear, please give us a review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. See you next week.


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