Wolfgang [Schaefer] began writing songs on the toilet to evade his corporate work duties. If the tall buildings in Chicago taught him anything, it was that no one bothers people in bathroom stalls when their pants are around their ankles. Thus, the men’s room on the 56th floor of the Sears Tower became a fervent and productive workspace, and served as the springboard for a life more desired. Dusting off the old Martin his father passed down to him, and picking up the pens and notebooks he nearly used to live inside, he began writing music. The result is Wolfgang Schaefer’s lyrically driven experiment in modern folk. He supplements his firm roots in Americana with atmospheric, musical poetics and thoughtful, textural, well-constructed story-telling, always finding different ways to say I love you, different ways to say I hate you, and different ways to say that life is hard but moments are beautiful. “This Milwaukee resident plays the lonely guitar and sings with the true tired voice of the open plain troubadour…The stunning acoustics perfectly match his vocals and you simply wonder why this guy isn’t a household name already.” — Slowcoustic.com
Schaefer plays Chicago this Friday, December 10th at Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue). 9 p.m. Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE’s Local/Live this evening at 8 p.m. to catch live music from Schaefer on your radio dial, or stream online at WMSE.org. Missed out? Catch it in the WMSE archives.