Episode 20: Nancy Wenstrom: Mean Country Blues with Sweet Melodies
Today on the podcast we are featuring the Fremont, California-based American, blues, rock musician Nancy Wenstrom. Learn more about her and listen to her track “Vintage Tears.”
Show Notes and Full Show Transcript
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Hey everyone welcome to Eat Sleep Breathe Music podcast. My name is Jeanette and I am your host. For those of you who may have not listened before we have a weekly podcast where we review music and also interview artists and have other guests on from time to time.
Today we are featuring the vocalist, guitar, and songwriter Nancy Wenstrom who was born in Houston, Texas. She had grown up as an “Air Force brat” living everywhere from Azores, Nebraska, California, and Washington D.C. as well as Alabama before moving to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley.
Nancy has been working professionally as a musician in the Bay Area for the past 40 years. She plays and sings various genres including rhythm and blues, rock, pop, jazz and country. She has also toured and recorded with various artists in the area.
As a solo artist she has fronted her own bands and recored 8 indie solo albums.
Wenstrom was raised on a diet of blues and rock n’ roll.
She started studying the piano at age 8 and the guitar at 12. It was the inspiration from artists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Page, Jeff Beck and The Allman Brothers that made her want to take up the electric guitar.
She started her career as a professional musician in her early 20’s and has been playing ever since.
Her music has an influence of the blues and rock & roll she was raised on. It also has themes of letting go which she has experienced in the transient life as both as child and currently as a working musician.
After diving into Nancy Wenstrom’s music I found that I really digging this song. It’s not so much country as it is blues and Americana.
I personally myself, I’m not really a big country person but I do Americana music and rock & roll and blues. So there was something that appealed to me about this song. I think it was the bluesy guitar riffs
“Vintage Tears” is one of the newer tracks from Nancy Wenstrom’s lateset album Inside Story.
It’s always fun to learn how songs come about and this song is actually inspired by a friend of hers who was in a situation with a woman she I guess had more feelings for him than he did for her and the lyrics talk about that storm that starts brewing when someone has that realization the love affair isn’t going anywhere and it’s not gonna work out and it’s know
It’s like one you face that moment and the fear and then you know you’re penting up all this emotion and then once you accept it your kind of release your tears. So you know vintage tears which is pretty clever.
I like the thought of that you know. Having a good cry can definately can help get out that emotion and that is what the song is about. The relief that happens after a good cry.
And Nancy says that this the song was also inspired by you know things she’s experienced. She said that for her cry..this experience in crying was an acceptance and it was the beginning of healing for.
And I totally agree and I don’t know if any of you people out there are criers but I mean I know I tend to cry sometimes and I totally feel better after having a cry.
So it is. It is therapeutic and is an interesting concept. And I like, I like the theme of the song and I like music that goes with it.
It’s got that sadness country feel but also like a bluesy
riff from the guitar that she plays.
This song’s got a lot of heart and a lot of emotion even just from the few opening notes. You know, the instrumentation starts it’s got the (imiationg of everythign colliding with the guitar, drums, and tambourine. It’s very exciting. It’s like ooh what’s gonna happen next. Once the chorus hits it’s this infectious sound that you know you’re gonna wanna sing along to and you’ll be humming along a couple hours after you finish listening to it.
Listening to this track you know, I’ve never heard a sad song never sounded so good. She, uh Wenstrom creates like some mean country blues with sweet melodies and she adds in these witty lyrics that make for a really great track.
With that being said, I think now is a great time to share the track for your listening enjoyment. Here is “Vintage Tears” by Nancy Wenstrom.
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For more information on Nancy Wenstrom check out her official website at www.nancywenstrom.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at NancyWenstromMusic. On Twitter, you can find her at BadSwedeSongs and as NancyWenstromCatania on Instagram.