Eau Claire Native Turns His Photography Into Book About Local Music

By Brad Kolberg | April 26, 2019


Collage from the book, "Forward" (Spencer Wells)

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Spencer Wells grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended college at UW-Madison. In his free time, he’s always enjoyed attending his local musician friends’ performances and documenting those moments with his camera.

He recently paired those photos with essays in the new book, “Forward.”

In the book’s foreword, Wells suggested that Wisconsin musicians have been able to thrive and create in an inclusive community. “[It’s] across genres, because there wasn’t anywhere else to grow,” he said.

Collage from the book, “Forward” (Spencer Wells)

Wells went beyond, what he calls, “metropolitan Milwaukee, liberal Madison and musician-friendly Eau Claire.” He also explored an art festival in rural Janesville, Appleton psych-pop bands like Tenement, and Sheboygan singer-songwriter Cedarwell.

The book features several artists that Wells believes represent an ambition and variety unique to Wisconsin.


Thomas Wincek (Spencer Wells)

Projects:  Volcano Choir, All Tiny Creatures, Emotional Joystick, Field Report




Rory Ferreira (Spencer Wells)

Projects:  Milo, Scallops Hotel, Nostrum Grocers




Adelyn Strei (Spencer Wells)

Projects: Adelyn Rose, Yohuna, Feathe




Whilden Hughes VI (Spencer Wells)

Projects: Double Ewes, Rock County Folk Symposium




Projects: J.E. Sunde, Daredevil Christopher Wright


Brad Kolberg with his daughter at Miller Park.

Brad Kolberg

Brad Kolberg is a radio producer and engineer from Stoughton, WI.  He likes to take time for his wife & daughter, The Brewers & Packers, music & beer discovery, and running down a trail somewhere out in the woods of Wisconsin.
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