Most of the Nebraska music community and many HN readers know Chance Solem-Pfeifer for his dedication to covering and promoting Nebraska music as staff writer and then managing editor of HearNebraska.org. Because of those duties — carried out for nearly two years — his folk singer/songwriter project Little Marais flew largely under the radar, hidden from any semblance of limelight (save for a live performance here and there) in favor of casting that attention on the many other deserved Nebraska performers.
Until recently, that is, when Solem-Pfeifer released his debut LP Never Met The Author at Zoo Bar on Aug. 6. Engineered by Jeremy Wurst (Bud Heavy & the High Lifes), it features 11 tracks of acoustic-guitar-driven Americana storytelling. Lincoln-based Americana label Sower Records is its label home.
In this video, shot that same evening, Solem-Pfeifer performs “Townie Hall 2014,” a forlorn reflection of a character in the midst of a New Year’s Day hangover. Dan McCarthy of McCarthy Trenching plays a somber lullaby piano accompaniment.
From Never Met The Author, here’s Little Marais with “Townie Hall 2014”: