||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Willy Porter Band to Perform
Sept. 18 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Sept. 10, 1999|
The Willy Porter Band will appear in concert Saturday, Sept. 18, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. (with an opening act to be announced) in Schofield Auditorium.
The recently released "Falling Forward" (Six Degrees Records) is Willy Porter's third recording and his first since the surprisingly successful "Dog Eared Dream." That 1994 independent record was picked up in 1995 by a major label (Private Music), spawned an unexpected alternative radio hit (the song "Angry Words"), and led Porter to a series of tours opening for major acts such as The Cranberries, Tori Amos and Rickie Lee Jones.
"I learned so much about performing," recalls the Milwaukee native and UW-Eau Claire graduate. "And I learned about the business, too. Opening for big-name bands is fun, but it's easy to lose your place and get lulled into a false sense of success."
After a couple of years spent extracting himself legally from what he termed "the Major Label Letdown," the guitarist, singer and songwriter teamed up with the San Francisco-based Six Degrees Records. "They allowed me to make the album that I heard in my head with the people I wanted to work with," Porter said. Up to four years in the making, the songs on "Falling Forward" reflect Porter's appetite for different musical styles.
"The songs, particularly the musical component, are a work in progress even after the recording," Porter said. "They're constantly evolving and changing through the improvisation and spontaneity of the live show."
The concert costs $9 for the general public or $7 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center in Davies Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 10, 1999